LOS ANGELES – Another seven coronavirus-related deaths were reported Tuesday, along with 439 new cases, with the low numbers reflecting reporting lags and reduced availability of testing over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The seven deaths increased the cumulative countywide total since the start of the pandemic to 6,036. The 439 new cases lifted the countywide cumulative total to 249,241.
Since the start of the pandemic, health officials have confirmed 3,767 coronavirus cases and 64 deaths in Palmdale; 3,043 cases and 43 deaths in Lancaster; 154 cases and 11 deaths in Quartz Hill; 202 cases and four deaths in Lake Los Angeles; 170 cases and no deaths in the Littlerock/Pearblossom, Juniper Hills areas; and 156 cases and two deaths in Sun Village. View the latest detailed report here.
There were 942 people hospitalized due to the virus as of Tuesday, Sept. 8.
It was too early to tell, however, if the holiday weekend — which saw large crowds gathering at some beaches thanks to the heat — will result in a spike in cases similar to those that occurred following the Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends. Since COVID-19 has a roughly 14-day incubation period, a possible spike in cases due to the Labor Day holiday won’t be known for two weeks.
“We thank everyone who modified their holiday plans and actions to avoid exposures to COVID-19,” county public health director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “As we prepare for schools reopening to provide services for high-need students that require in-person support, we all must do our very best to minimize participating in non-essential activities that create risk of virus transmission.
“L.A. County is still among the California counties with high rates of community transmission,” Ferrer said. “Before we get into cooler weather and flu season, we need to significantly lower the number of new cases. This is the only path forward that allows us to get more students back to school and reopen more business sectors.”
The county announced last week it will authorize the return of in-person instruction for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, but only for small groups of students with individualized learning plans, students requiring instruction for English as a second language and students needing other “specialized in-school services.”
All other students will still be limited to remote learning.
County officials also authorized indoor hair salons and barbershops to resume operating last week, but limited to 25% of capacity. The county still has not authorized the reopening of indoor shopping malls, even though new state guidelines that took effect early last week allow those malls to open with capacity limited to 25%. Counties can impose stricter guidelines than the state, depending on local health conditions.
Health officials on Tuesday issued an extra warning for people to exercise caution when venturing outside, due to the combination of heat and smoke from the fires burning in the region. Residents in affected areas were urged to avoid physical exertion and keep their windows and doors closed as much as possible to keep smoky air out.
9 comments for "LA County reports 439 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths"
Edit: And stuff it!
John Evans says
And no trick or treating! LA County bureaucrats say so! Comply or die suckers.
It’s about keeping the children safe.
John Evans says
So what were the death numbers for pneumonia and the flu combined at this time last year and 2018 and 2017 and 2016 and 2015 and 2014 and 2013 and 2012? The information is readily available and recorded at several locations. Now, compare those numbers with the death numbers for the Wuhan Laboratory virus (stop rolling those eyes and pay attention for a change) combined with the death numbers for pneumonia and flu. See any difference? While you’re doing the research remember that no one on earth has died from the Wuhan laboratory virus under the age of ten, and sole actual deaths from said virus are a statistical non event until age 70+. We’re talking freak accident of nature numbers. You’ve been lied to and corporations are making money off of your fear and depression. How many billions ultimately?, you decide.
Kalifornia Politburo says
You are correct. This is the Y2K of pandemics. Yawn……
John: You can spout numbers; you can compare numbers; you can do your research; you can call this a laboratory virus; you can say no one on earth has died from Covid-19 under the age of ten. It doesn’t matter to many of us that see and have empathy towards the humans that are suffering and losing loved ones. millions of humans are suffering, so I say take your numbers a stuff it.
I stay far away from conspiracy theories and people embracing QAnon, John.
John Evans: Listen to Trump’s interview with Bob Woodward. Your entire comment is null and void.
Where did you get that information, John?
Name your source.
Show your work like you did in the 7th grade.