The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 15 new deaths and 420 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) on Monday – including three new cases in Boyle Heights and seven new cases in East Los Angeles.

On Sunday, Public Health also reported 15 new deaths and 663 new cases of Covid-19 – including one new case in Boyle Heights and four new cases in East LA.

Over the last 48 hours, there have been 1083 new cases, Public Health said Monday. 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 Monday it showed the number of cases in Boyle Heights as 40, and the total for East Los Angeles as 51.

On Monday, health authorities warned that the biggest rise in numbers in Los Angeles County is expected over the next two weeks, and advised residents to avoid going out shopping or for anything else except a medical visit or an emergency.

 “We cannot underestimate COVID-19, a virus that knows no boundaries, infects people of all ages, and can cause significant illness and death, particularly among people who are elderly or who have underlying serious health conditions,” said Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health.   “As we expect to see a significant increase in cases over the next few weeks, we are asking that everyone avoid leaving their homes for anything except the most urgent matters.  And when you do leave, please make sure to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering if you will be around others, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from everyone else, and frequently wash your hands.”

“If you are ill, please self-isolate and if you are a close contact of someone who is positive or presumed to be positive for Covid-19, please self-quarantine for 14 days.  These are our most powerful tools to slow the spread and reduce the likelihood of overwhelming our health care system.” 

Eight of the deaths reported Monday were individuals who had underlying health conditions and 12 of people who died were over the age of 65. Five individuals over the age of 65 did not have underlying health conditions.  Three people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old and two of these individuals did not have underlying health conditions.

Eleven of the deaths reported Sunday were people who had underlying health conditions and 10 people were over the age of 65. Two people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old and one person was between the age of 18 and 40 years old. One individual over the age of 65 who died did not have underlying health conditions. Two deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena. 

To date, Public Health has identified 6360 cases across all areas of LA County, including 147 deaths. As of Monday, 1,366 people who tested positive for Covid-19 (21% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

Public Health said testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with over 32,000 individuals tested and 14% of people testing positive. Over the weekend the department said it would increase testing sites, including one testing site to open in East Los Angeles this week. No further details were offered Monday. A full list of testing sites and guidelines is available at the county website.

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