L.A. County reports 358 new coronavirus cases, 13 deaths


Los Angeles County reported 358 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 additional deaths on Sunday, Oct. 18, bringing the county’s totals to 288,451 cases with 6,876 fatalities.

Officials said the lower number of cases and deaths reflects reporting delays over the weekend and problems with the state’s data feed.

Hospitalizations rose slightly for the second straight day after dropping for four consecutive days. A total of 752 people were hospitalized due to the virus as of Sunday, up from 746 on Saturday, 735 on Friday, 723 on Thursday, 720 on Wednesday and 692 on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Although coronavirus hospitalizations have been generally trending downward since July, health officials still fear a potential spike in hospital demand if the region experiences a severe flu season while the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging, and are recommending flu shots for all in hopes of avoiding a surge of hospital demand due to influenza and COVID-19.

The county report did not include updates from the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena, which operate their own independent health departments. Pasadena reported one new case of COVID on Sunday, bringing its total to 2,681; its death toll of 129 did not increase. Long Beach did not update its totals over the weekend; as of Friday the city reported 12,621 cases and 255 deaths.

The department continues to urge residents to learn and abide by new county and state guidance which allow limited private gatherings with three or fewer households. All private gatherings must occur outdoors. Attendees must wear a cloth face covering when they are together except when they are eating or drinking and keep at least six feet of physical distance. Food must be served in single-serve disposable containers, and the duration of the gathering should be two hours or less.

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It is recommended that if residents do gather with two other households, that they do so with the same households each time, creating a quasi-bubble that can reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.

“To slow community spread of COVID-19 in our county we must all partner together; businesses and residents must do their part and adopt the infection control measures that we know to be effective,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said on Saturday. “Each of us has the opportunity every single day to make the right choices for our health and the health of those around us. …read more

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