Story by Adam Kwoh
Photo by Oscar Walsh
L.A. County’s Department of Public Health confirmed two new South Pasadena coronavirus cases, marking a total of nine confirmed cases in the city to date. Public Health also confirmed 711 more cases and 28 coronavirus-related deaths across all areas of L.A. County on Saturday, Apr. 4.
According to Public Health’s Apr. 4 news release, 21 confirmed deaths had underlying health conditions while 17 were over 65 years of age. However, two of the 28 confirmed deaths did not have any diagnosed underlying health conditions.
Since the emergence of the coronavirus outbreak in L.A. County, Public Health has identified a total of 5277 cases in the county. This is both due to the growing spread of the virus and the increased number of testing kits available in the county, with the county testing nearly 29,000 people for the coronavirus to date.
L.A. has hospitalized a total of 1168 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, which makes up 22 percent of county positive cases. The county has taken other actions to stop the spread of the virus, with L.A. implementing its stay-at-home order and closing non-essential businesses.
“We join together as Angelinos to offer our condolences and prayers, along with our commitment to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” L.A. Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said. “Now more than ever, we must try to protect those most vulnerable by making it easy for them to take every precaution and safely stay home.”
South Pasadena’s number of confirmed cases has grown to almost ten in a little more than two weeks, facing its first confirmed case on Mar. 16. The City has also made its own legislative efforts to combat the coronavirus, with the City Council declaring a local emergency and establishing an eviction moratorium to protect tenants affected by the coronavirus’s economic implications.
The Public Health’s Order banning gatherings and events as well as closure on non-essential businesses will continue to last until Apr. 19.
This is an ongoing story. All local coronavirus updates can be found here.