Story by Adam Kwoh
Photo by Oscar Walsh
The L.A. Department of Public Health confirmed three new cases in South Pasadena on Saturday, Apr. 11, marking a total of 15 cases in the city. Public Health also confirmed 25 new deaths and 456 new L.A. coronavirus cases in its Apr. 11 news release.
L.A. County has identified a total of 8,873 coronavirus cases and 265 deaths, with 2,172 positive cases requiring hospitalization. Over the past 48 hours, the county has recorded 931 new coronavirus cases.
According to L.A. County’s analysis of coronavirus-related deaths, 83 percent of coronavirus-related deaths had underlying health conditions. Latinx and White residents have been the highest groups affected, each assuming 32 percent of deaths. Asian residents were reported to be 20 percent of deaths, while Black residents have held the lowest percentage with 13 percent.
Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order, extending the banning of large gatherings and closure of non-essential businesses through May 15, 2020. The new Order also mandates that essential businesses provide face coverings for all employees and create physical distancing plans. The public must now also wear face coverings while inside essential businesses.
Though many residents have had Easter Sunday plans canceled due to the stay-at-home Order, L.A. County continues to emphasize the importance of practicing social distancing.
“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,” L.A. Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said. “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.”
This is an ongoing story. All local coronavirus updates can be found here.