The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 29 new deaths and 620 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wednesday – including five new cases in Boyle Heights and eight new cases in East Los Angeles.

Public Health said that 22 of the people who died had underlying health conditions and 17 people were over the age of 65. One of the individuals over the age of 65 did not have underlying  health conditions. Seven people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old and two of these individuals did not have underlying health conditions. One person was between the ages of 18 to 40 years old and had underlying health conditions. Three deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and one death by the City of Pasadena.

Over the last 48 hours, there have been 1170 new cases.

A digital tool that maps and charts the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases throughout Los Angeles county can be consulted on the County website. On Wednesday it showed the number of cases in Boyle Heights as 47, and the total for East Los Angeles as 64.

Eastside reported cases are expected to increase in the next few days as new testing sites become available. On Wednesday, LA County opened a testing site at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park.

As of Wednesday, Public Health had identified 7,530 cases across all areas of LA County, including 198 deaths. As of Wednesday, 1,714 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (23% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. 

Public Health said that testing capacity continues to increase in LA county, with over 36,000 individuals tested and 15% of people testing positive.

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