As coronavrius’ impact on younger people deepens, LA County reports 50 deaths, 2,741 new cases – Daily News

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With 57% of new coronavirus cases infecting Los Angeles County residents younger than age 41, public health officials announced 50 deaths and 2,741 new cases on Tuesday, July 21.

Officials also recorded the third consecutive day of more than 2,200 people hospitalized around the county. Among the 2,218 people in hospitals, 26% are being treated in intensive-care units and 18% are on ventilators, officials said.

Tuesday’s news brought the county’s totals since the pandemic began to 161,673 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and 4,154 deaths.

“Every day we think of the many families experiencing the profound grief of losing a loved one to COVID-19,” said Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer.

The update continued to affirm fears that younger people are driving the resurgent wave of COVID-19 infections.

“The tragedy of what we are witnessing is that many of our younger residents are interacting with each other and not adhering to the recommended prevention measures,” said Ferrer, “while our older residents continue to experience the results of this increased spread with the worst health outcomes, including death.”

Ferrer reiterated her pleas for the public to follow county-issued anti-virus safeguards: “People over the age of 65 years old account for 11% of all cases but account for nearly 75% of all deaths,” she said. “Our behaviors, including the wearing of face coverings and the adherence of physical distancing — simple actions of kindness and caring — can protect those we love.”

Testing results, now available for more 1,559,000 people, revealed a 9.6% positivity rate.

The mid-day update did not include fresh totals from the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena, which operate their own health departments. Long Beach reported one new death, bringing the city’s death toll to 160, and 321 new coronavirus cases, for a total of 6,843 cases. Pasadena reported 31 new cases, for a total of 1,758 and no new deaths. A total of 102 people in the city have died from the coronavirus.

As the county’s numbers continued to climb, the Board of Supervisors responded anew. A $1.22 billion spending plan approved by the board Tuesday allocates $656 million for public health, including testing and contact tracing.

The board’s action, utilizing federal CARES Act dollars, comes as the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to surge across the region — with hospitalization levels not seen since the beginning of the pandemic, which has officially taken more than 4,000 lives across the county.

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