South Pasadena soars to 110 confirmed coronavirus cases

Story by Adam Kwoh
News Editor 

Photo by Oscar Walsh
Photo Editor

L.A. County’s Department of Public Health confirmed a total of 110 coronavirus cases and 18 deaths in the City of South Pasadena on Saturday, May 16.

According to Public Health’s May 16 press release, L.A. County has identified a total of 37,303 positive cases and 1,793 coronavirus-related deaths. To date, 16 percent of L.A. County’s coronavirus cases have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

Those who are immunocompromised or have other health conditions are proving to be especially vulnerable to the virus, with 92 percent of the county’s deaths occurring in those with underlying health conditions. The South Pasadena Care Center—a local nursing home—has reported the majority of South Pasadena’s confirmed cases and all city deaths. However, the facility’s number of resident and staff confirmed cases has remained unchanged since May 6.

California Governor Gavin Newsom and L.A. County supervisors have taken steps to reopen the economy as apart of Newsom’s five-part plan for recovery. L.A. County has entered Phase 2 of Newsom’s plan, with South Pasadena following suit by reopening select retailers and trails since May 9.

“As more places re-open in L.A. County, I want to thank all of you who have done your part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said in Public Health’s latest release. “We will all need to continue to work together on this, including practicing physical distancing and wearing our cloth face coverings when we are around other people. These actions work—they protect you, they protect others, and they save lives.”

This is an ongoing story. For more information, read Tiger’s weekly summary of the latest coronavirus news and updates.

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