South Pasadena approaches nearly 100 coronavirus cases

Story by Adam Kwoh
News Editor 

Photo by Oscar Walsh
Photo Editor

L.A. County’s Public Health confirmed a total of 97 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths in the City of South Pasadena on Wednesday, May 6. The majority of cases continue to originate from the South Pasadena Care Center, with the local nursing home facing 78 resident cases and 29 staff cases—although not all reported staff cases live in the City of South Pasadena.

According to Public Health’s May 6 press release, L.A. county has identified 28,644 positive cases and 1,367 deaths. To date, Public Health has tested 192,000 individuals through over 35 testing sites across L.A. County. Additionally, 5,142 positive cases have been hospitalized at some point out during their illness.

Despite the growing number of cases, California and L.A. County have released its roadmap to recovery which hopes to reopen some retailers and services on Friday, May 8 as a part of stage two of its five-step plan.

“Today we are sharing the County’s Roadmap to Recovery to ensure that as we reopen our businesses we do so in a way that is safe for employees and customers, continues to slow the spread of the virus, and does not result in increases in our death rate from COVID-19,” L.A. Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said in Public Health’s May 6 press release. “I am so grateful to all of you have worked together to get us to a place where a slow, safe reopening is possible.”

The City of South Pasadena will follow the county’s lead this Saturday, May 9, by reopening some small retail businesses, golf courses, and trails.

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