The LA County Public Health Department released new data on Covid-19 on Saturday, reporting 29 new deaths and 527 new positive cases.
Although ministry data shows hospitalizations continue to decline, the number of reported cases and deaths may reflect delays in weekend reporting.
Public health data brings LA County to a total of 23,626 deaths and 1,228,564 confirmed cases. At time of report, 498 LA County residents are hospitalized with Covid-19; 23% of them are in intensive care.
The test results have now been made available to 6,292,000 people, 18% of whom have tested positive. The daily rate of test positivity is 0.9% – the lowest since the start of the pandemic.
Public health stresses the importance of following safety protocols. 29 new deaths and 527 new positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Los Angeles County. View https://t.co/XRAkKigGlj for more. pic.twitter.com/DW44gTPLbz
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) April 17, 2021
Eight of today’s new deaths were in people over the age of 80, including 11 people aged 65 to 79 lost to the virus. Eight people who died were between 50 and 64, one between 30 and 49 and one between 18 and 29.
Today, Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer called for continued adherence to safety protocols, noting that this remains important even as the county heats up. “When we get vaccinated, wear face covers, keep our distance and implement protective measures in the workplace, our actions minimize transmission and prevent serious health problems,” he said. she declared.
Currently, LA County is part of the Orange Tier of California’s Plan for a Safer Economy, with Covid-19 vaccines available to all residents 16 years of age and older.