The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is reporting the highest number of new coronavirus cases reported since late-August not associated with a backlog, officials said Thursday.
An additional 61 Santa Clarita Valley Coronavirus cases have been reported Thursday, a part of 1,745 new cases across Los Angeles County, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The new cases reported Thursday brings the Santa Clarita Valley coronavirus case total to 7,132 and the countywide total to 305,070, according to the department.
The department noted that because of differences in test processing times and reporting lags, the new cases announced daily are likely collected over several days and sometimes include backlogs of test results.
19 additional deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the cumulative total in L.A. County to 7,044 deaths, according to public health.
Upon further investigation, 44 cases and 15 deaths reported earlier were not L.A. County residents, according to the department.
Nearly 3,080,000 tests have been conducted as of Thursday, with about 9 percent of those tests returning positive.
L.A. County remains in Tier 1 due to the current adjusted daily case rate of 8 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 3.7 percent which places the County in Tier 2 for this metric, according to public health.
There are 750 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, 31 percent of which are in the ICU.
As of Thursday, a total of 7,132 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since testing began in March. These include:
- 4,338 in the City of Santa Clarita*
- 174 in the unincorporated areas of Canyon Country
- 2,175 in Castaic*
- 38 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus
- 198 in Stevenson Ranch
- 52 in the unincorporated areas of Valencia
- 103 in the unincorporated areas of Val Verde
- 26 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
Additionally, 85 cumulative cases were confirmed in nearby Acton as well as 36 in Agua Dulce.
As of Wednesday, Oct. 28, officials had recorded 1,876 cumulative cases among prisoners at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, including 1,364 at the North County Correctional Facility. Those cases are distributed between both the City of Santa Clarita and Castaic totals.
An analysis of available data indicates that as of Wednesday, approximately 26.6 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. 28, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has conducted 10,109 COVID-19 tests. Of those, 1,027 have tested positive, and 14 tests are still pending with Henry Mayo, according to Patrick Moody, spokesperson for the hospital.
There are 15 patients in the hospital as of Wednesday, while 299 patients have been discharged since the hospital’s first case was reported in March, according to Moody.
30 coronavirus deaths have been reported at Henry Mayo which are apart of at least 73 deaths across the Santa Clarita Valley.
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