Confirmed coronavirus cases in SCV rises to at least 185; L.A. County surpasses 9K

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Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital officials confirmed three additional positive coronavirus test results Sunday and the county confirmed six more, bringing the total number of cases in the Santa Clarita Valley to at least 185, as Los Angeles County announced 31 new deaths and 323 new cases.

In Los Angeles County, a total of 9,192 cases and 296 deaths have been confirmed countywide as of Sunday afternoon, per the county’s Department of Public Health.

Of those who died, 25 were over the age of 65 and six were between the ages of 41 and 65, while 65% of them had underlying health conditions.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Henry Mayo has administered 421 tests, and of those 67 have returned positive, while 337 were negative and 25 are still pending, according to spokesman Patrick Moody.

At least 20 people are presently in the hospital, while Henry Mayo officials have reported no additional deaths since the hospital’s first one earlier this week. The hospital does not have figures on the number of recovered patients, as many are discharged while still showing symptoms, per officials.

Testing capacity continues to increase in L.A. County, with testing results available for more than 47,000 individuals tested, while 14% of people have tested positive, per Public Health.

A new health order issued Friday extends the previous order through May 15, continuing the ban on all public and private gatherings occurring outside a single household or living unit. In addition, beaches, trails and trailheads across the county, as well as nonessential businesses remain closed.

The public is now required to wear a face covering to enter essential businesses, while those businesses are also required to provide a cloth face covering for all their employees to wear while performing duties that involve contact with other employees or the public.

The number of cases for the Santa Clarita Valley, broken down into region, were as follows, according to Public Health’s numbers as of Sunday afternoon:

  • City of Santa Clarita: 143
  • Unincorporated – Acton: 5
  • Unincorporated – Agua Dulce: “–”
  • Unincorporated – Canyon Country: 14
  • Unincorporated – Castaic: 9
  • Unincorporated – Lake Hughes: 0
  • Unincorporated – Newhall: 0
  • Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon: 0
  • Unincorporated – Sand Canyon: 0
  • Unincorporated – Saugus: “–”
  • Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country: 0
  • Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch: 11
  • Unincorporated – Val Verde: 0
  • Unincorporated – Valencia: “–”

Anywhere there is a “ – ” means they could have between one and four cases, which is done to protect patient privacy, according to Public Health spokesman Bernard Tolliver. Once these locations have five or more cases, then they will be included in the count, while locations that have zero will say “0,” per Public Health officials.

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