The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 22 new deaths and 550 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) on Tuesday – including two new cases in Boyle Heights and five new cases in East Los Angeles.

Of the deaths reported Tuesday, 21 were people who had underlying health conditions and 16 people were over the age of 65. Six people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old and one of these individuals did not have underlying health conditions. 

Over the last 48 hours, there have been 970 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 Tuesday it showed the number of cases in Boyle Heights as 42, and the total for East Los Angeles as 56.

To date, Public Health has identified 6,910 cases across all areas of LA County, including 169 deaths. As of Tuesday, 1,510 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (22% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. 

For the first time since it began reporting cases last month, on Tuesday Public Health broke down cases and deaths by gender and race or ethnicity in the county (excluding cases in Pasadena and Long Beach, which have their own health departments):

Gender (LA County cases)

Male: 3313

Female: 2998

Under investigation: 297

Race/Ethnicity cases

Asian: 316

Black: 283

Hispanic/Latino: 735

White: 870

 Other: 693

Under investigation: 3711

Race/Ethnicity among deaths

Asian: 18

Black: 16

Hispanic/Latino: 26

White: 25 

Other: 8

Under investigation: 71

Public Health said testing capacity continues to increase in LA county, with over 35,000 individuals tested as of Tuesday, 14% of people testing positive.

On Tuesday, County Supervisor Hilda Solís announced the planned opening of a new testing site at East Los Angeles Community College in Monterrey Park, which was expected to begin operations on Wednesday.

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