Over half of all Santa Clarita Valley coronavirus cases are at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic as of Monday, officials said.
At least 951 coronavirus cases have been confirmed at two facilities at Pitchess Detention Center, making up just over 60 percent of the 1,577 total cases across the Santa Clarita Valley as of June 1, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
An outbreak has been reported at the county jail in Castaic, where Sheriff Alex Villanueva claims a group of inmates have been intentionally infecting themselves with COVID-19.
The Pitchess cases were previously counted as Val Verde, which caused concern in the small community miles away from the facility.
After an outcry from the Val Verde community, the LADPH “corrected” the issue, and began counting the Pitchess cases along with those in Castaic on Friday, May 9.
Then, starting on May 13, the numbers from the two facilities also began to appear within the updates case count for the City of Santa Clarita, as indicated by a release from the LADPH that afternoon.
Officials announced Monday that 55 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed within the Santa Clarita Valley.
As of Monday afternoon, a total of 1,577 cumulative cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Santa Clarita Valley since testing began in March. These include:
- 772 in the City of Santa Clarita*
- 39 in the unincorporated areas of Canyon Country
- 693 in Castaic*
- Four in the unincorporated areas of Saugus
- 34 in Stevenson Ranch
- Nine in the unincorporated areas of Valencia
- 25 in the unincorporated areas of Val Verde
- One in the unincorporated areas of Newhall
*As of Monday, June 1, officials had recorded 859 cumulative cases among prisoners at the North County Correctional Facility, and 60 at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center. Those cases are counted in both the Santa Clarita and Castaic totals.
Additionally, 11 cumulative cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in nearby Acton as well as nine in Agua Dulce.
An additional 978 COVID-19 cases were reported Monday throughout Los Angeles County. The County total of coronavirus cases now stands at 55,968 according to Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
Over 611,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted across Los Angeles County, with about 8 percent testing positive for the virus, according to Ferrer.
6,528 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, accounting for roughly 12 percent of all positive cases within Los Angeles County.
Of those, 1,357 are currently hospitalized, according to public health officials.
22 new deaths were reported Monday, bringing the total of COVID-19-related deaths to 2,384 in Los Angeles County, according to Ferrer.
A majority of all deaths in the county had underlying health conditions, according to Ferrer, further encouraging those with medical issues to stay home, if possible.Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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