SCV surpasses 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19; county death toll increases by 28

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The Santa Clarita Valley has at least 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 15 cases in the last 24 hours, at the same time as Los Angeles County reported its highest single-day coronavirus death toll yet.

Public Health Department figures show a countywide increase of 711 new cases, and 28 new deaths in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of cases in Los Angeles County to 5,277 and the total number of deaths countywide to 117.

According to Patrick Moody, a spokesman for Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, 330 tests have been tested at the hospital, 47 come back positive and 66 are pending as of Saturday.

Moody also confirmed one new hospitalization, bringing the total to 14 hospitalizations at Henry Mayo.

The numbers reflect an increase of an additional 35 tests being administered in the last 24 hours.

Lab results continue to return with a lag time of three to six days, but that time frame varies, Moody said Saturday.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s newest numbers show that 21 of the new countywide deaths had underlying health conditions and 17 were over the age of 65.

As of Saturday, 1,168 people who tested positive, or 22%, have been hospitalized at some point due to the incident. 29,000 people have been tested in L.A. County with 14% of those tested being positive, according to health officials.

The number of cases for the Santa Clarita Valley, broken down into region and including the numbers from both Henry Mayo and private health care providers, were as follows, according to the Department of Public Health numbers released at approximately 1:45 p.m.on Saturday:

City of Santa Clarita: 89
Unincorporated – Castaic: 5
Unincorporated – Acton: “–”
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce: 0
Unincorporated – Canyon Country: 7
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: 7
Unincorporated – Val Verde: 0
Unincorporated – Valencia: “–”

Anywhere there is a “ – ” means they could have between one and four cases, according to county DPH officials.

“This is done to protect patient privacy,” Bernard Tolliver, a Public Health spokesman, said in a previous Signal interview. “Once these locations have five or greater cases then that will be included. Locations that have zero will say ‘zero.’”

Previously, The Signal had not been including the “–” in the day’s final count. But since the “–” represents a value ranging from one to four, the count now reflects the more accurate number.

For all local coronavirus-related stories, visit signalscv.com/2020/03/covid-19-coverage-summary.

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