The Number of COVID-19 Deaths in L.A. County Now Tops 5,000

As of today, more than 5,000 people in Los Angeles County have died because of illnesses connected with the COVID-19 virus.

“L.A. County has hit a tragic milestone today — more than 5,000 of our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers have died because of COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, head of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in today’s announcement of the 5,057 deaths.

“This is heartbreaking and reminds us of the human toll of this pandemic. Our hearts go out to the many families that have lost a love one to this pandemic. One of the deaths we are reporting today is of a young adult under the age of 29. This is a reminder that the risk for all of us is real and that no matter how young you are, this virus can be deadly. We must continue to adopt practices that slow the spread of this virus; this allows us to prevent these untimely deaths. Please practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, wash your hands and avoid gathering with people you don’t live with.”

The Health Department today reports 1,440 newly confirmed COVID-19 infections, bringing the total to date to 211,808. However, as previously reported, there is a backlog of test results in the state’s electronic data system that haven’t been forwarded to the L.A. County Health Department.

The Health Department today reports three new confirmed infections among West Hollywood residents, bringing that count to 452. The number of WeHo residents who have died of COVID-19 related illnesses remains at five. In Beverly Hills, the number of confirmed infections is 568, an increase of five from yesterday’s count. The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Beverly Hills remains at 10. In Culver City the number of infections is now 344, an increase of one from yesterday’s count. The number of deaths remains at 29.

Hollywood has 12 newly confirmed infections, bringing its total to date is 950. The number of deaths remains at nine. The Melrose neighborhood has no new confirmed infections, leaving its at 1,560. One additional death brings the number to 57.

Public Health has a dedicated call line for confirmed cases of COVID-19. If you are positive for COVID-19 and have not yet connected with a public health specialist or need more information on services, call toll-free at 1 (833) 540-0473. Residents who do not have COVID-19 can continue to call 211 for resources or more information.

As noted before, one way the virus can be transmitted is through a cough, a sneeze or even through air that comes from the mouth when someone talks. For that reason, residents must wear face coverings when out in public and can be cited for not doing so. The citations come with a $250 fine and a $50 administrative fee.

West Hollywood residents with questions about the COVID-19 pandemic or who are looking for resources to deal with it can find answers on the City of West Hollywood’s website. Here is a list of links to sections about particular subjects and issues:

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