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Fifteen new deaths in county, sixth confirmed case in Claremont

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health reports 15 new deaths and 420 new cases of COVID-19, since the update on Sunday. A sixth confirmed case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in the city Claremont.

Eight of the people who died had underlying health conditions and 12 were over the age of 65. Five people over the age of 65 did not have underlying health conditions. Three people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 and two of these individuals did not have underlying health conditions. Over the past 48 hours, there have been 1,083 new cases in Los Angeles County.

To date, the county has identified 6,360 cases across all areas of Los Angeles County, including 147 deaths. As of Monday a total of 1,366 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (21% of positive cases) were hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in the county, with over 32,000 individuals tested and 14% of those testing positive.

In neighboring San Bernardino County there have been 530 confirmed case and 16 deaths. Only 5,670 people have been tested in the county and 9.3 percent were positive.

Emerging evidence suggests that there may be a significant number of people infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and capable of spreading the virus to others. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us we need to use universal precautions all the time—assuming that each of us can infect others even when we aren’t sick, and that others can infect us.

Public Health has issued the following guidance for people with mild illness during this time of increased spread: If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days and until 72 hours after being fever and symptom free. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or are pregnant may be at higher risk of serious illness and should contact their doctor early if they are sick.

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