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For Immediate Release:

April 08, 2021

COVID-19 Daily Hospitalizations Remain Under 600 This Week; Cases Among Pregnant Women Decline - 52 New Deaths and 710 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 52 new deaths and 710 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health identified 1,223,791 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 23,388 deaths.

There are 572 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 24% of these people are in the ICU. The number of daily hospitalizations has remained under 600 since April 3. The five-day average of daily hospitalizations is 575.

Of the 52 new deaths reported today, 15 people that passed away were over the age of 80, 22 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, nine people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and two people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49. Three deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena and one death was reported by the City of Long Beach.

Cases among pregnant women in L.A. County have dropped significantly. During the surge in December, weekly cases increased to over 400 cases a week for two consecutive weeks. During the week ending on March 28, there were 9 cases reported among pregnant women. As of April 6, there have been a total of 11 deaths among 7,280 pregnant women who tested positive for COVID-19. Seventy-eight percent of pregnant women testing positive for COVID-19 are Latina/Latinx, 10% are White, 5% are African American/Black, 4% are Asian. Among the 5,779 births where there was testing information, 51 infants tested positive for the virus.

Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding can choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine with any of the three vaccines. If you are an expecting mom or new mom and have questions about getting vaccinated, speak with your healthcare provider. While a conversation with your healthcare provider may be helpful, it is not required prior to vaccination.

"To everyone who has lost a loved one or friend to COVID-19, our deepest sympathies go out to you," said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. "By continuing to take action to reduce transmission and get vaccinated, we are making great progress keeping cases and hospitalizations low. It is still too early to think we are out of the woods because, even if you have been vaccinated, many others have not yet had a chance. Transmission is moderate in L.A. County with a number of variants of concern circulating; the risk for increases in cases is real if we let down our guard."

Testing results are available for nearly 6,163,000 individuals with 18% of people testing positive. Today's daily test positivity rate is 1.4%.

On April 15, vaccines become available to any resident in Los Angeles County who is 16 and older. Public Health is committed on ensuring an equitable distribution of vaccines and ensuring eligible residents and workers in hard hit communities have increased access to vaccines.

For information about who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in L.A. County, how to make an appointment if it is your turn, what verifications you will need to show at your vaccination appointment, and much more, visit: visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

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 1223791*

Deaths 23388

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. 93 cases and 4 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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The Department of Public Health is committed to promoting health equity and ensuring optimal health and well-being for all 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health comprises nearly 4,500 employees and has an annual budget of $1.2 billion. To learn more about Los Angeles County Public Health, please visit www.publichealth .lacounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lacounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lapublichealth, facebook.com/lapublichealth, instagram.com/lapublichealth and youtube.com/lapublichealth.




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