The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday 64 new deaths and 1,999 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 216,139 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, including 4,882 in the Santa Clarita Valley and a total of 5,171 deaths countywide.
The number of new cases reported Thursday includes about 300 backlog cases from the State. Additional backlog reporting of cases is expected later this week. Data sources that track other key indicators, including hospitalizations and deaths, are not affected by this reporting issue.
Currently, there are 891 COVID-19 outbreak investigations ongoing, including outbreaks at UPS, Trojan Battery and SoFi Stadium. These three locations each have between 60 and 90 confirmed positive cases among employees. As a reminder, employers must report when three employees test positive for COVID-19. This allows Public Health to intervene early, investigate and contain the spread of this virus.
The department has closed 550 outbreak investigations for a total of 1,441 outbreak investigations throughout this pandemic.
California Thursday Snapshot
Statewide, the California Department of Public Health on Thursday confirmed a total of 593,141, with 10,808 deaths from the disease. There are 5,236 confirmed hospitalizations and 1,672 ICU hospitalizations in California.
Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed. There have been 9,445,493 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 142,026 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.
As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase.
*Note: Thursday’s case counts include backlogged data – and are not an accurate representation of cases reported in the prior 24 hours.
A total of 38 counties are required to close indoor operations for certain sectors based on the July 13 order to slow community transmission.
Health Care Worker Infection Rates
As of Aug. 12, local health departments have reported 27,493 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 142 deaths statewide.
Santa Clarita Valley Thursday Update
As of 5:00 p.m. Thursday, the L.A. County Public Health COVID-19 data dashboard remains unchanged with 51 SCV residents who have died of the virus since the pandemic began. Of the dead, 40 lived in the city of Santa Clarita, 4 in Castaic, 2 in Acton, 2 in Stevenson Ranch, 1 in unincorporated Bouquet Canyon, 1 in Val Verde, and 1 in unincorporated Valencia.
Of the 4,882 cases reported to Public Health for the SCV to date, the community breakdown is as follows:
City of Santa Clarita: 2,563
Castaic: 1,874 (includes Pitchess Detention Center and North County Correctional Facility*)
Stevenson Ranch: 131
Canyon Country (unincorporated portion): 100
Val Verde: 52
Valencia (unincorporated portion west of I-5): 38
Agua Dulce: 22
Saugus (unincorporated portion): 21
Elizabeth Lake: 6
Newhall (Unincorporated portion): 6
Sand Canyon: 5
Bouquet Canyon: 5
Lake Hughes: 2
Saugus/Canyon Country: 1
*Note: The county is unable to break out separate numbers for Castaic and PDC/NCCF because the county uses geotagging software that cannot be changed at this time, according to officials. Click here for the LASD COVID-19 dashboard.
Henry Mayo Thursday Update
As of Wednesday, Aug. 12, of the 5,893 people tested at Henry Mayo to date, 719 tested positive, 6,654 were negative, 29 were pending, 9 patients were hospitalized in a dedicated unit receiving ICU-level care, and a total of 217 COVID-19 patients have been discharged so far, as fatalities at the hospital stand at 21, Moody confirmed.
Henry Mayo is now releasing statistics on a weekly basis (Wednesdays) unless there is a drastic change in the number of cases or a COVID-related death has been confirmed.
Discrepancies in the testing numbers are due to some patients being tested multiple times. “Often a single patient is tested more than once,” Moody said.
Public Health continues to respond to high volume of Health Officer Order violation complaints and initiated nearly 32,000 investigations. Since March, Public Health investigated more than 20,000 restaurants, more than 4,700 grocery stores, and more than 3,600 other businesses.
“We mourn with the many families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and extend our condolences to all who are grieving,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “The only way for us to continue our recovery journey is to see lower rates of community transmission. Our actions as individuals, business owners and business operators to take the necessary steps that protect each other, workers and customers require adherence to infection control and distancing directives. Businesses need to immediately alert us when there is an outbreak. This is what is needed to get our children back to their schools and to get more of our community members back to work.”
African American/Black and Latino/Latinx residents and those in low-income communities continue to bear the brunt of this virus, both in terms of infections and deaths. Latino/Latinx currently have the highest age adjusted death rate at 71 residents per 100,000 people. The rate for African American/Black residents is 55 deaths per 100,000 people. For comparison, the rate for White residents is 27 deaths per 100,000 people. Those who live in areas with the highest rates of poverty are more than four times more likely to die of COVID-19 compared to those who live in wealthier areas.
The recovery journey won’t be complete until these gaps are closed, while at the same time improving health outcomes for all.
Ninety-two percent of the people who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 4,857 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 50% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 24% among White residents, 15% among Asian residents, 10% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 57 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not L.A. County residents.
Testing results are available for more than 2,012,000 individuals with 10% of all people testing positive. There are 1,481 confirmed cases currently hospitalized and 32% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU.
Of the 64 new deaths reported today, 27 people that passed away (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena) were over the age of 80 years old, 20 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 12 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and two people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Forty-three people had underlying health conditions including 20 people over the age of 80 years old, 15 people between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, seven people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and one person between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Three deaths were reported by the city of Long Beach.
The State ELR problems have resulted in under counting, affecting the number of COVID-19 cases reported each day and our contact tracing efforts. Given the ELR delays, the department urges any person with a positive lab result to call 1-833-540-0473 to connect with a public health specialist who can provide information about services and support. Residents who do not have COVID-19 should continue to call 211 for resources or more information.
The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.
In the past few days, working in partnership with the California Department of Technology (CDT), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) cleared the data backlog reported last week and has continued processing new case records. Since Friday, we have processed the roughly 300,000 backlogged CalREDIE records, including both negative and positive results.
The issue with the state’s electronic laboratory system that generated the backlog has been addressed and CDPH continues to closely monitor the performance of the system.
CDPH, along with the local public health departments, is processing the backlogged records and attributing cases to the correct reporting dates. As a result, the case counts reported today, and in the next few days, will include cases that would have been reported in earlier days and weeks – and are not an accurate representation of cases reported in the prior 24 hours.
California Data and Tools
A wide range of data and analysis guides California’s response to COVID-19. The state is making the data and its analytical tools available to researchers, scientists and the public at covid19.ca.gov.
County Monitoring Data
California is using data and science to respond to COVID-19. Data by county gives Californians insight into how their county is doing and provides an early indication of developing areas of concern. Counties on the County Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days must close indoor operations for additional activities. Currently, a total of 38 counties are required to close indoor operations.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
Each week, the California Department of Public Health updates the number of cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) reported in the state. As of Aug. 11, 36 cases of MIS-C have been reported statewide. To protect patient confidentiality in counties with fewer than 11 cases, we are not providing total counts at this time.
MIS-C is a rare inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 that can damage multiple organ systems. MIS-C can require hospitalization and be life threatening. Parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of MIS-C including fever that does not go away, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling tired. Contact your child’s doctor immediately if your child has these symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment of patients is critical to preventing long-term complications.
Racial Demographics – A More Complete Picture
The California Department of Public Health is committed to health equity and collecting more detailed racial and ethnic data that will provide additional understanding for determining future action. Health outcomes are affected by forces including structural racism, poverty and the disproportionate prevalence of underlying conditions such as asthma and heart disease among Latinos and African American Californians. Only by looking at the full picture can we understand how to ensure the best outcomes for all Californians.
The differences in health outcomes related to COVID-19 are most stark in COVID-19 deaths. We have nearly complete data on race and ethnicity for COVID-19 deaths, and we are seeing the following trends. Overall, for adults 18 and older, Latinos, African Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are dying at disproportionately higher levels. The proportion of COVID-19 deaths in African Americans is about double their population representation across all adult age categories. For Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, overall numbers are low, but about three-fold difference between the proportion of COVID-19 deaths and their population representation. More males are dying from COVID-19 than females, in line with national trends. More information is available at COVID-19 Race and Ethnicity Data.
New Data Portal
The state has launched a new, user-friendly data portal at COVID-19 Statewide Update that tracks COVID-19 cases statewide and by county, gender, age and ethnicity. The portal also outlines statewide hospitalizations and testing efforts. The data presented on the portal will be updated daily and will include additional information as it is available.
Your Actions Save Lives
Every person has a role to play. Protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense:
What to Do if You Think You’re Sick
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath), call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken. More than 85 community testing sites also offer free, confidential testing: Find a COVID-19 Testing Site.
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