Bars and breweries that do not serve food continue to remain closed once again as 2,903 new cases reported across Los Angeles County Monday afternoon — the largest number of COVID-19 cases in one day, officials said.
The L.A. County total of cumulative coronavirus cases now stands at 100,772 as of Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH).
Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s order to close bars in several counties across the state, Los Angeles County amended the “Safer at Home” health order to require that all bars, breweries, brewpubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in L.A. County close unless they are offering sit-down dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants, according to the LADPH.
“There has been a sharp increase in new cases and hospitalizations,” Public Health officials said. “The timing of these increases is in line with the reopening of key sectors, including bars, which are places where people remove their face covering to drink while they may be socializing with people not in their households.”
A total of 1,710 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 throughout L.A. County, Ferrer said.
Testing results are available for over 1,000,000 individuals as of Monday, with 9 percent of people testing positive, according to public health officials.
22 additional deaths have been reported Monday, for a total of 3,326 people died due to coronavirus in Los Angeles County.
Over the past two weeks, the cumulative positivity rate has increased from 8 percent to 9 percent, and the seven-day average of the daily positivity rate has increased from 5.8 percent to 8.4 percent as of Monday.
This major increase in positivity and hospitalization prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to roll back reopening for Los Angeles County Sunday, ordering the closure of bars and nightclubs.
“While it’s disappointing to take a step back on our economic recovery journey, it’s critical that we protect the health of our residents and protect the capacity in our healthcare system,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles Director of Public Health said Sunday. “I implore that our residents and businesses follow the Public Health directives that will keep us healthy, safe and on the pathway to recovery. Otherwise, we are quickly moving toward overwhelming our healthcare system and seeing even more devastating illness and death.”
As of Sunday evening, a total of 3,043 cumulative cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Santa Clarita Valley since testing began in March. These include:
- 1,111 in the City of Santa Clarita*
- 43 in the unincorporated areas of Canyon Country
- 1,781 in Castaic*
- Five in the unincorporated areas of Saugus
- 57 in Stevenson Ranch
- 13 in the unincorporated areas of Valencia
- 29 in the unincorporated areas of Val Verde
- Three in the unincorporated areas of Newhall
- One in the unincorporated areas of Bouquet Canyon
*As of Sunday, June 28, officials had recorded 1,314 cumulative cases among prisoners at the North County Correctional Facility, and 489 at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center. Those cases are counted in both the City of Santa Clarita and Castaic totals.
Additionally, 13 cases have been confirmed in nearby Agua Dulce, as well as 21 in Acton.
Public health officials are not releasing recovery numbers by city, according to the department.
Due to testing procedures, these numbers are only the confirmed cases, which officials say could be much lower than the actual number of coronavirus cases in Santa Clarita.
As of last Wednesday, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has conducted 2,725 COVID-19 tests. Of those, 282 have tested positive, and 50 tests are still pending with Henry Mayo, according to the hospital.
Some local patients are tested multiple times, creating a discrepancy in the numbers, according to hospital officials.
There are 13 patients in the hospital as of Wednesday, while 99 patients have been discharged, according to Patrick Moody, spokesperson for the hospital.
Case numbers are usually higher midweek due to a testing backlog from over the weekend, however, the new case rate may also be slowing due to the closure of testing sites.
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.
An update on local Santa Clarita coronavirus cases is expected to be available later Monday.
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