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For Immediate Release:

February 27, 2021

As More Businesses and Schools Reopen, Public Health Highlights the Most Effective Ways to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

Public Health Reports 94 New Deaths and 1,730 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

Today, Public Health has confirmed 94 new deaths and 1,730 new cases of confirmed COVID-19. In total, Public Health has identified 1,190,894 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and 21,328

As businesses and schools begin to reopen with safety modifications in L.A. County, Public Health continues to remind everyone that 1) wearing a mask, 2) washing your hands or using hand sanitizer, and 3) keeping your distance from people that don’t live with you continue to be the best ways to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19. Our daily new case reports remain high, and community transmission is still widespread.

Gatherings, even with people you know who have no symptoms and have tested negative, can still result in spread of the virus to many people. The risk of spread increases when people are not diligent about consistently and correctly wearing face masks or keeping their physical distance and when people gather indoors.

Daily testing for the virus is not a substitute for masks, infection control and distancing since it does not prevent someone from becoming infected and from passing the virus along to others. Because of the virus’ long incubation period, even a person who has recently tested negative for the virus could be positive within hours of testing and can infect other people unknowingly.

As a reminder, anyone who tests positive needs to isolate from others for at least 10 days, until symptoms have improved, and they are fever free for at least 24 hours. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 may be able to infect others for up to 10 days after being diagnosed, even if the person never had symptoms or their symptoms have subsided, and anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 may have infected others at least 48 hours before they tested positive or before they had any symptoms.

Isolating when sick or after testing positive and quarantining when exposed to an infected person are two other critical strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19.

“For the many people across our communities who are experiencing the sadness of losing a loved one to COVID-19, we are deeply sorry for your loss,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Each day, we are inspired by all of you who are continuing to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Remaining committed to the strategies that are helping us gradually get ahead of COVID-19, we will, one day, get through this together. We have been in this position before, on the downside of a surge in cases. We must not have a false confidence and must stay committed to the very safety measures that are helping to decrease our cases, hospitalizations and deaths.”

Of the 94 new deaths reported today, 34 people that passed away were over the age of 80, 31 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, 22 people that passed away were between the ages of 50 and 64, and two people that passed away were between the ages of 30 and 49. Three deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach, and two deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena. There are 1,733 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 32% of these people are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Testing results are available for more than 5,820,000 individuals with 19% of people testing positive.

County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Please see additional information below:

Laboratory Confirmed Total Cases 1190894*

Deaths 21328

Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

Hospitalization

Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

CITY / COMMUNITY** Cases (Case Rate)

These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. 68 cases and 7 deaths previously reported were not in Public Health's jurisdiction. * Means that case numbers include cases associated with correctional facility outbreaks located in the city/community. **Rate is crude and is per 100,000. This represents the number of cases per 100,000 people and allows for the proportional comparison of cities of different sizes.

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