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County has worst day ever for COVID-19 deaths

Los Angeles County recorded another spike in new cases of the coronavirus, according a news release on Saturday from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

“Public Health has confirmed 81 new deaths and 642 new cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the highest number of daily reported deaths in L.A. County to date, and the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 almost doubled this past week,” the statement read. The city of Claremont now has 15 cases.

Fifty-six people who died were over the age of 65, while eighteen were between the ages of 41 and 65; and one person was between 18 and 40. Sixty-three people who died had underlying health conditions. Two deaths were reported by the city of Long Beach and four deaths were reported by the city of Pasadena.

To date, Public Health has identified 12,021 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 576 deaths. Eighty-nine percent of people who died had underlying health conditions.

“Today marks a very sad milestone for our county, we are reporting the highest number of COVID-19 deaths for any one day since the beginning of the pandemic, and our deepest condolences go out to each and every person grieving the loss of their loved ones,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health. “In this last week we have doubled the number of deaths that occurred among L.A. County residents. We are especially concerned about the overwhelming number of residents residing in our nursing homes who have passed away.”

Claremont has so far avoided any institutional cases of the disease, which have been so devastating to residents of care facilities in other parts of the country.

County health officials have not released any demographic information specific to Claremont, however, they have provided breakdowns on cases countywide. Among the confirmed cases 2,759 were over 65 years of age; 5,044 were between the ages of 41 and 65; 3,431 were between 18 and 40, and 123 were between 0 and 17. Thirty cases remain under investigation.

Further breakdowns include: male 5,698; female 5,551; Asian 900; African American 669; Hispanic 3,353; white 1982; and other 817, while 3,666 remain under investigation.

Deaths included: Asian 84; African American 79; Hispanic 177; white 143; and other 15, while 38 remain under investigation.

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