UPDATE: On Sunday, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials have reported that there have been 15 new deaths related to the coronavirus as well as 663 new cases. This brings the total for L.A. county to 132 total deaths and 5,940 cases.
The news comes after yesterday spike in fatalities with 28 deaths and 711 new cases
PREVIOUS: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials said Saturday they’ve seen the largest one-day increase in deaths and new coronavirus cases since the outbreak began, with 28 more fatalities and 711 new cases in the past 24 hours.
“This is the most dramatic increase in deaths we have seen since the COVID-19 crisis began, and our condolences go out to each and every person impacted by these heartbreaking losses,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director. “Though COVID-19 can infect people of all ages, most of the deaths we see continue to be among individuals over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions.”
Ferrer called on local residents to offer support to the elderly and others she described as “vulnerable” to COVID-19.
“Now, more than ever, we must unify as a community to protect this vulnerable population by making sure they are able to stay home and take every precaution,” she said “These are tough times, but we are a caring L.A. County, and we will get through this together.”
Of the 28 people who died, 21 had underlying health conditions, and 17 were over the age of 65,
officials said. Two of those over 65 did not have underlying health conditions. Nine people
who died were between the ages of 18 and 65.
Ferrer said the county has been testing about 7,000 people a day. While the new numbers spiked Saturday, she noted that there’s often a long wait for results to come in.
The new numbers bring the total cases in the county since the outbreak began to 5,277 and 117 deaths, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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