LA County health officials announce drop in daily COVID-19 case rate

LA County health officials announce drop in daily COVID-19 case rate

Testing results are available for over 6,346,000 people, with a cumulative 18% of people testing positive, according to officials. This brings the county’s cumulative total to 1,229,641 positive cases of COVID-19 and 23,668 deaths since the onset of the pandemic, according to the LADPH officials. As of Tuesday, there were 470 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County, 21% of which are in the Intensive Care Unit.

The test positivity rate also dropped from 1.5% to 1.2%, and in areas with the fewest health affirming resources, L.A. County’s test positivity rate dropped from 1.9% to 1.4%. Los Angeles County remains in the orange tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. In order to move to the least restrictive yellow tier, the County’s case rate must be less than 2 new cases per 100,000 people and test positivity must be less than 2%.

An additional 360 new COVID-19 cases and 33 deaths were reported by the LADPH across L.A. County on Tuesday. “The numbers released today provide evidence that we are on the right course and if we experience additional declines in the case rate, COVID-19 transmission will be considered minimal in L.A. County and we will be able to move to the least restrictive yellow tier,” said Ferrer. “In order for continued decline in transmission of COVID-19, we will need to remain vigilant and continue to take precautions in the weeks ahead allowing us time to vaccinate more people.”

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, seven new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Santa Clarita Valley, with 26,723 cumulative cases having been reported in the valley over the past year, according to the LADPH. These cases include: 20,208 in the City of Santa Clarita* (+8)
47 in the unincorporated areas of Bouquet Canyon
836 in the unincorporated areas of Canyon Country
3,711 in Castaic*
68 in the unincorporated areas of Newhall
1 in Placerita Canyon
15 in San Francisquito/Bouquet Canyon
17 in unincorporated Sand Canyon
128 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus
39 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus/Canyon Country
1,133 in Stevenson Ranch (-1)
336 in the unincorporated areas of Val Verde
190 in the unincorporated areas of Valencia Non-compliance and dangerous conditions at businesses and worksites can be reported to Public Health anonymously by phone at 888-700-9995 or online here.

Residents are encouraged to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to not gather in crowds, stay home when sick, wear a face covering and maintain physical distance from others when outside of the home. The Southern California Region has 35.5% staffed adult ICU capacity remaining as of the state’s last update on Tuesday, April 20, according to state health officials.

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