LA County Health Officials Report 953 New Coronovirus Cases, 10 Related Deaths


Health officials in Los Angeles County reported 953 new coronovirus cases and 10 related deaths on Saturday as the rate of virus spread in the area continues to rise.

In a statement, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer warned that the number of new cases could be reduced due to “several missing reports” from Friday evening.

The number of people who tested positive for the virus in LA County now stands at 287,295, and the disease has claimed that 6,858 people live here. Officials said Saturday that 746 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county, and a quarter of those are in intensive care units.

At least nine of the 10 deaths reported by LA County on Saturday included people whose health conditions were underlying them. The 10th death was reported by the City of Long Beach, and county health officials were not immediately available with information about their prior medical history.

Officials continue to express concern about large gatherings as new cases are expected to increase in LA County in the coming weeks. Halloween also rotates as a potential vector for increased proliferation if families choose trick-or-treating, which would make it socially impossible for everyone.

Beverly Hills officials banned trick-or-treating earlier this week, and L.A. County Mayor Eric Garcetti requested residents to revise their candy and make revelations for their own health this year is.

Ferrer urged county residents to follow social distancing protocols in hopes of avoiding holiday losses, similar to cases seen after Memorial Day.

“We must all partner together to slow down the community spread of COVID-19 in our county; Businesses and residents should do their part and adopt infection control measures that we know to be effective, ”she said in a statement. “Each of us has the opportunity every single day to make the right choice for our health and the health of those around us.”

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