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50 new LA County coronavirus deaths reported amid ‘troubling time in our pandemic’ – LA Daily News

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With the rate of positive test results, the number of people hospitalized and ultimately the tally of those dying each day all increasing due to the novel coronavirus, Los Angeles County is at a “troubling time in our pandemic,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer during a briefing with reporters Thursday, July 9.

The county on Thursday, July 9, reported 50 additional deaths related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and 1,734 new cases. Total deaths in the county grew to 3,689 people and nearly 125,000 people have now tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began in L.A. County.

Ferrer called the numbers on Thursday “concerning data trends.”

“These numbers are reminiscent of what we saw months ago — in what we thought was the height of the pandemic,” Ferrer said.

Whether the worsening benchmarks were a precursor to a return to stay-home orders, Ferrer said it was too early to know, but she hoped not.

“Nothing can be off the table in the pandemic,” Ferrer said. “There is just too much unknown. There are lots of things that could happen that could put us in much worse shape including mutations of this virus that could make it more dangerous.”

The most important thing now, she said, was for the entire county to work together to wear face masks and follow physical distancing guidelines. It was not a time to be an individual as actions affect everybody else, Ferrer said.

“I hope we figure out a way to take care of each other and be sensible about what we’re doing,” Ferrer said. “We cannot overrun our hospitals because that has devastating consequences not just for those who have COVID-19 but for those who don’t who are seeking care for other things.”

The mid-day report did not include updated numbers for Long Beach and Pasadena, cities that operate their own health departments. Pasadena reported 14 new cases, for a total of 1,453, and one death, for a total of 98.  Long Beach reported 254 new cases Thursday, bringing the total identified since the pandemic began to 5,172, and added one death for a total of 141.

Countywide, there are now more than 2,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19, a rise from 1,400 on average a few weeks ago. Still, public health officials insist the county has the hospital capacity to handle a continued surge.

This week also marked the sharpest increase the county has seen in the number of healthcare workers infected with the virus, an increase of 37% from last week now up to 8,597 workers. Nurses accounted for 41% of cases. The source of exposure for about half were known with 72% exposed at a facility. A total of 57 healthcare workers have died — 41 who worked at skilled nursing facilities and eight at hospitals.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to all of our health care workers,” Ferrer said.

Although 93% of people who have died from the virus had underlying health conditions, Ferrer stressed that people under 40 without health problems are among those who die everyday.

“Some are horrific stories of people who were healthy and young and passed away form COVID-19,” Ferrer said. “I do think it’s a false narrative to say you are young and it won’t affect you.”

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