Story by Adam Kwoh
Photo by Oscar Walsh
L.A.’s Department of Public Health confirmed a total of 21 coronavirus cases in the City of South Pasadena on Friday, Apr. 17. Over the last 48 hours, L.A. county has faced 966 new coronavirus cases.
According to L.A. County’s Apr. 17 news release, there have been a total of 11,391 identified coronavirus cases across the county, marking over 2,500 additional cases since last week’s update. The county is now approaching nearly 500 deaths, with a total of 495 to date.
However, 87 percent of deaths have occurred in people with underlying health conditions. Additionally, 3,014 positive coronavirus tests have been hospitalized at some point. Testing has also increased significantly, with the county testing a total of 74,000 individuals — nearly doubling its number of tests since last week.
Public Health continues to emphasize that residents should be taking social distancing measures and has extended its safer-at-home order to May 15. The public and all essential business employees must also wear face coverings when inside essential businesses. Beaches and trails will continue to be closed, while public gatherings continue to be prohibited.
“It is an unprecedented time, and so many have shown courage, goodwill and compassion as our lives have all changed dramatically and we’ve all been affected in different ways,” L.A. Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said in Public Health’s news release. “These times are tough, but they are temporary. Remaining committed to the strategies that are helping us gradually get ahead of COVID-19, we will, one day at a time, get through this together.”
This is an ongoing story. All local coronavirus updates can be found here.