51 new Santa Clarita coronavirus cases have been confirmed Friday, with 3,116 additional cases being confirmed within Los Angeles County.
The Santa Clarita Valley cumulative total is now 4,572, and the L.A. County total of cumulative coronavirus cases stands at 204,167 as of Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH).
“We remain guided by science and data that can be used appropriately to move us forward along the road to recovery in a measured way,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of public health. The lower number of daily hospitalizations we are seeing is an indicator that we are making some progress.” However, we need to see lower rates and our future success depends on commitments we each make every day about doing our part, working together and sustaining efforts that get us to the other side of this pandemic.”
The state has determined there has been under-reporting of COVID-19 cases due to technical issues with the electronic laboratory system (ELR).
Public Health has noted issues with the State electronic lab reporting system for about two weeks. Once the data reporting issues are fixed, the number of cases is expected to increase, according to the department.
Data sources that track other key indicators, including hospitalizations and deaths, are not affected by this reporting issue.
A total of 1,680 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 throughout L.A. County, according to Public Health.
Of those hospitalized, 30 percent of patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU) as of Friday, according to the department.
Testing results are available for over 1,893,000 individuals as of Friday, with a daily positivity rate of 10 percent, according to public health officials.
52 additional deaths have been reported within the county Friday, for a total of 4,918 recorded people who have died due to coronavirus in Los Angeles County since March.
“Our collective goals of slowing the spread of this virus and reopening and keeping open vital community and economic sectors means we must put off the parties, gatherings, and trips to crowded places in order to get to low community transmission rates so we can re-open our schools and get more people back to work,” Ferrer said.
As of Friday, a total of 4,572 cumulative cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Santa Clarita Valley since testing began in March. These include:
- 2,376 in the City of Santa Clarita*
- 88 in the unincorporated areas of Canyon Country
- 1,867 in Castaic*
- 20 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus
- 123 in Stevenson Ranch
- 37 in the unincorporated areas of Valencia
- 47 in the unincorporated areas of Val Verde
- Six in the unincorporated areas of Newhall
- Two in the unincorporated areas of Bouquet Canyon
- One in the unincorporated areas of Saugus/Canyon Country
- Five in unincorporated Sand Canyon
*As of Thursday, Aug. 6, officials had recorded 1,321 cumulative cases among prisoners at the North County Correctional Facility, and 495 at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center. Those cases are counted in both the City of Santa Clarita and Castaic totals.
Additionally, 51 cases have been confirmed in nearby Acton as well as 20 in Agua Dulce.
An analysis of available data indicates that as of Friday, Aug. 7, under 40 percent of all cumulative cases in and around the Santa Clarita Valley can be attributed to the inmate population at the North County Correctional Facility and the Pitchess Detention Center.
As of Friday, Aug. 7, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has conducted 5,697 COVID-19 tests. Of those, 700 have tested positive, and 106 tests are still pending with Henry Mayo, according to Patrick Moody, spokesperson for the hospital.
There are nine patients in the hospital as of Friday, while 206 patients have been discharged since the hospital’s first case was reported in March, according to Moody.
A majority of all deaths in the county had underlying health conditions, according to public health, further encouraging those with medical issues to stay home, if possible.
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