L.A. County Coronavirus Update: Public Health Reports 13,580 New Cases, 44 New Deaths; Reiterates Quarantine For Travelers

Alexandra Del Rosario
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UPDATE: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health have released the latest data on COVID-19 cases and the numbers continue to trend upwards. On Sunday, Public Health reported 13,580 new positive cases and 44 new deaths. The number of deaths reflects a reporting lag associated with the Spectrum outage on December 25 and the holiday weekend.

The official Public Health Twitter account also tweeted out a reminder that everyone traveling to L.A. County are required to quarantine for 10 days even if they are showing no symptoms or don’t feel sick.

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To date, there have been 719,833 COVID-19 cases and 9,482 deaths. 6,815 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 while 20% are in the ICU. Public Health also reports that of the more than 4,600,000 individuals tested, 15% tested positive.

PREVIOUS: The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to render the holiday season, once merry and bright, a period of darkness and loss as Los Angeles Public Health officials confirm 29,464 new Covid-19 cases in just two days.

Officials confirmed 13,185 and five deaths for Saturday and 15,538 cases and 131 deaths for Friday. There are also 6,770 people currently hospitalized for Covid-19 in Los Angeles County. According to Public Health, the number of deaths reported on Saturday are an undercount due to reporting lag associated with a Spectrum Service outage and the Christmas holiday.

To date, Health Officials have identified a total of 672,069 Covid-19 cases in L.A. County and reported 9,438 total deaths.

The latest report comes just days after both L.A County and California passed grim milestones this holiday season. On Tuesday L.A. crossed 9,000 deaths. On Friday, California became the first state to surpass 2 million Covid-19 cases and its remaining ICU capacity statewide fell to zero.

Despite the continued increase of Covid-19 cases, which may surge in the coming weeks due to holiday travel, Public Health Officials continue urging L.A. County to utilize the same strategies amplified since the beginning of the pandemic: avoid gatherings with people outside one’s household, properly wear face masks around others and maintain physical distance when possible.

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