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Coronavirus Reporting Backlog Continues, 54 New Santa Clarita Valley Cases

A coronavirus reporting backlog is continuing, with 54 additional Santa Clarita Valley cases reported on Friday.

The high number of new cases include backlog cases due to technical issues with data reporting systems this week. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health anticipates receiving additional backlog test results over the next few days.

“These issues have been addressed and we continue to improve our reporting systems. Public Health anticipates receiving additional backlog test results over the next few days,” public health officials said Thursday. 

An additional 54 Santa Clarita Valley coronavirus cases have been reported, a part of 2,773 reported cases across Los Angeles County, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

The Santa Clarita Valley coronavirus case total is now 6,876 with the countywide total rising to 296,821, according to the department. 

23 additional deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the cumulative total in L.A. County to 6,974 deaths, according to public health.

Nearly 3,000,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted as of Thursday, with about 9 percent of those tests returning positive.

Although Los Angeles County met the State’s metric thresholds for Tier 2 last month, L.A. County remains in Tier 1 due to the current adjusted daily case rate of 7.6 cases per 100,000 residents.

Per the State guidelines, to move to Tier 2, the County’s case rate needs to be 7 or fewer new cases a day per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks. The County’s test positivity rate is 3.4 percent which places the County in Tier 3 for this metric, according to public health.

There are 769 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday, 29 percent of which are in the ICU.

As of Thursday, a total of 6,876 cumulative cases of COVID-19, and 71 deaths have been confirmed in the Santa Clarita Valley since testing began in March. These include:

  • 4,117 in the City of Santa Clarita*
  • 169 in the unincorporated areas of Canyon Country
  • 2,161 in Castaic*
  • 31 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus
  • 192 in Stevenson Ranch
  • 52 in the unincorporated areas of Valencia
  • 102 in the unincorporated areas of Val Verde
  • 24 in the unincorporated areas of Newhall
  • 10 in the unincorporated areas of Bouquet Canyon
  • 11 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus/Canyon Country
  • Seven in unincorporated Sand Canyon

As of Thursday, Oct. 22, officials had recorded 1,364 cumulative cases among prisoners at the North County Correctional Facility, and 512 at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center. Those cases are distributed between both the City of Santa Clarita and Castaic totals.

Additionally, 80 cumulative cases were confirmed in nearby Acton as well as 31  in Agua Dulce.

An analysis of available data indicates that as of Thursday, Oct. 22, approximately 27.3 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 Wednesday, Oct. 21, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has conducted 9,693 COVID-19 tests. Of those, 997 have tested positive, and 44 tests are still pending with Henry Mayo, according to Patrick Moody, spokesperson for the hospital.

There are 12 patients in the hospital as of Wednesday, while 290 patients have been discharged since the hospital’s first case was reported in March, according to Moody.

One additional death at Henry Mayo was reported Tuesday, with a total of 30 COVID-19 deaths having been reported at Henry Mayo, bringing Santa Clarita Valley’s total to at least 72, according to public health officials.

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Ed. Note: These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. 17 cases and five deaths previously reported were not in Public Health’s jurisdiction

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