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Claremont cases stand at 24 for third day; coronavirus update

Claremont’s confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus has remained steady at 24 for three days, according to a news release from Los Angeles County Public Health on Saturday.

Countywide public health has confirmed 38 new deaths and 691 new cases of COVID-19 since its update on Friday. Twenty-eight people who died were over the age of 65, seven were between the ages of 41 and 65, and one was between 18 and 40. Twenty-eight people had underlying health conditions including 23 over the age of 65. Eight deaths were reported by the city of Pasadena.

Since its first coronavirus update on March 4, health officials have reported 1,209 deaths and identified 24,894 positive cases across all areas of L.A. County. Ninety-two percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. As of Saturday, a total of 4,956 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (21% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

As public health makes plans to relax some of the provisions of the Safer at Home order, businesses and residents will need to continue to observe and practice physical distancing and take infection control precautions. Increased interactions between residents and workers can increase the risk and rate of transmission of COVID-19. Health orders and directives will continue to ensure that it is safe for as many people to work as possible, while still slowing the spread of coronavirus and to prevent healthcare facilities from becoming overwhelmed.

“For those of you who are grieving a loved one lost to COVID-19, we are so sorry for your loss,” Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said. “As we plan for LA County’s recovery phase, we are mapping a path forward that allows us to appropriately acknowledge the very real risks of COVID-19 and together, do everything possible to continue to slow the spread and save lives.”

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidance on how long people who are positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate. New evidence suggests it may take longer for the virus to shed, which means that an infected person may be able to infect other people for a longer period of time.

People who are positive or presumed positive for COVID-19 should now self-isolate for 10 days after symptoms first appear or they test positive. Additionally, people should remain quarantined for 72 hours after symptoms subside. This means you must stay home until your fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications and there is improvement in your respiratory symptoms.

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