Los Angeles County Coronavirus Update: Daily New Cases Drop After Record Highs This Week
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As the falls in the state of California hit a new record, Los Angles County's numbers fell Thursday's from the county's recent record highs.
The county announced on Friday that it had registered 1,414 new cases for Thursday. This was a decrease from 2,126 new cases reported on Wednesday. The number on Wednesday also included 600 late cases from a test laboratory.
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LA public health
COVID-19 Daily Update:
June 19, 2020
Cases: 1,414 (79,609 in total)
Deaths: 38 (3,063 total)
00:00 - June 20, 2020
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For comparison: According to the Health Department, there were 1633 new cases in the county last Friday. According to the LA County Coronavirus Dashboard, this was the third highest total since the outbreak began. The number on Friday included 500 late cases from a laboratory.
The Ministry of Health reported 1,857 new confirmed coronavirus cases last Thursday. Before this Wednesday's figures were released, last Thursday was the largest number of new cases in a day the county had announced throughout the pandemic. But health officials reiterated that approximately 600 of these cases were the result of a backlog in reporting test results. Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own health departments, together confirmed a further 84 cases. That gave the county a total of 1,941 new confirmed cases last Thursday.
Daily test numbers remained constant over the same period or decreased slightly according to the L.A. County test card.
In the midst of these ups and downs, Governor of California Gavin Newsom issued masks on public orders on Thursday, nationwide.
On Friday, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer added her voice to the choir, asking residents to wear masks:
Since May 13, public health has required everyone to wear a fabric face cover when they come into contact with others who are not in their household. Many questions are raised as to why this is important, especially by people who are not worried about becoming infected themselves. The important problem here is that we are not asking you to wear the face covering to protect yourself. We ask that you cover your mouth and nose to protect others, especially as you may be infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms of illness. This will prevent your airborne droplets from reaching someone else.
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