Claremont cases steady at 22; daily update

Claremont’s confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus has remained steady at 22 for three days, according to a news release from Los Angeles County Public Health on Monday. Prior to that the total was at 21 cases for two days.

Public Health has confirmed 29 new deaths and 900 new cases of COVID-19 since its update on Sunday. Twenty-five people who died were over the age of 65, three were between the ages of 41 and 65. Nineteen people had underlying health conditions including 18 over the age of 65.

Since its first coronavirus update on March 4, health officials have reported 942 deaths and identified 20,417 positive cases across all areas of L.A. County. Eighty-nine percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. As of Monday, 4,403 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (23% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

Given the essential role of healthcare workers during the pandemic, public health is tracking their numbers including 11 deaths among workers in a healthcare setting and 8 who worked in skilled nursing facilities.

Among healthcare workers and first responders, the county has recorded 1,968 confirmed cases with about 8 percent requiring hospitalization. Nurses account for 43 percent of cases while 5 percent are physicians. Forty percent of healthcare workers reported that they were exposed to COVID-19 in a healthcare facility. Another 52 percent do not know, or did not report, how they were exposed. Healthcare workers who are positive worked at 24 different settings across the county; 35 percent in hospitals and 3 percent in skilled nursing.

“Healthcare workers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they put themselves at risk everyday so that we all can receive excellent care. We owe them a debt of gratitude and the protection and equipment they need to do their jobs safely. They are our heroes,” Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said.

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