A total of 4,045 coronavirus, COVID-19, cases have been confirmed in Los Angeles County, with the peak of infections “yet to come,” officials said.
There have been 534 new cases confirmed Thursday alone, with over 1,000 cases in the past 48 hours, according to Dr. Barbera Ferrer, the director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
“Please don’t lose hope. Keep following the directives. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you are doing,” said Ferrer.
Approximately 23,300 tests have been conducted so far, with the majority still being processed, according to public health officials.
A total of 13 deaths have been reported Thursday, 11 of which were people with underlying health conditions, bringing the county total to 78, according to Ferrer.
The first cases of inmates testing positive for COVID-19 have been confirmed by health officials, with six inmates at the Lancaster State Prison testing positive as of Thursday.
About 900 positive coronavirus cases have been hospitalized at some point, approximately 20 percent of all cases, according to Ferrer.
The county has identified 54 institutional settings, such as homeless shelters and assisted living facilities, which have at least one case of coronavirus, according to the public health director.
Two shelters have coronavirus cases, not in the Santa Clarita Valley, with quarantine measures in place at both centers, according to Ferrer.
At least nine people experiencing homelessness have tested positive for COVID-19, according to public health officials.
Ferrer noted the need to save specialized N95 masks for healthcare personnel, and encouraged the public to make cloth masks if they are not showing symptoms of coronavirus.
“There are some people who should absolutely mask, and those are healthcare workers,” Ferrer said.
The public health director further urged residents to actively participate in social distancing, even if they are masked.
“The masks will not protect you 100 percent,” Ferrer said.
As public health officials uncover more about the newly-identified COVID-19, which was discovered in December of 2019, recommendations are expected to change.
The most impactful health order, staying at home whenever possible, is not going to change in the near future, Ferrer said, as the county and the world weather the coronavirus pandemic.Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to email@example.com. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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