UPDATED with latest: On Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases grew to 9,420, but that the 239 new cases diagnosed today represent the lowest reported since March 26.
Speaking at a news conference this afternoon, the county’s health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said 25 people died in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Pasadena over the past 24 hours, bringing the county total to 320 fatalities from COVID-19. She said the mortality rate has grown to 3.4%.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 31 new deaths and 323 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, making it a total of 779 new cases over the weekend.
Of the 25 deaths reported Monday, 11 were aged 65 years or older with underlying health conditions, Ferrer said. She said that of those 1,000-plus hospitalized in with COVID-19, 18% are in ICUs and 15% on ventilators.
The weekend figures latest came as residents across the county prepared for Easter Sunday amid the outbreak.
“As people of different faiths come together this weekend, my thoughts and prayers are with all those who are experiencing loss, illness and distress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ferrer said Saturday. “I want to thank all our faith leaders who are tending to the spiritual needs of their members and exercising creative ways to ensure fellowship from a physical distance. And I want to express my gratitude to all the people of L.A. County who are finding ways of observing their faith while staying safe at home.”