Henry Mayo confirms second death of COVID-19 patient, seven more positive cases

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Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital officials confirmed one additional death of a coronavirus patient, as the number of confirmed cases rose to at least 188 in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The first recorded COVID-19 death at the hospital was reported on Thursday.

In order to protect the deceased patient’s privacy, no additional information would be given about the patient’s age or if they had any underlying health conditions, according to spokesman Patrick Moody.

“Any additional information has to come from the L.A. County Department of Public Health,” Moody said.

A spokesman for Oakmont of Valencia acknowledged on Monday that the Oakmont resident who died of COVID-19-related causes died at Henry Mayo.

Over the weekend, Henry Mayo confirmed six additional positive COVID-19 results and the county confirmed 10 more in the SCV, while countywide the total number of cases surpassed 9,000.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Henry Mayo has administered 431 tests, and of those 74 have returned positive, while 352 were negative and 17 are still pending as of Monday afternoon, with an update expected Monday afternoon, Moody added.

At least 26 COVID-19 patients are presently in the hospital, while the hospital does not have figures on the number of recovered patients, as many are discharged while still showing symptoms, per officials.

In Los Angeles County, a total of 9,420 cases and 320 deaths have been confirmed countywide as of Monday afternoon, per the county’s Department of Public Health.

“Today, we’re also reporting 239 (new) cases,” Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said during Monday’s news conference. “And although new cases historically on Monday can be lower because of the limited testing over the weekends, I want to note that today’s number of new cases is the lowest number of new cases we have reported since March 26, and that’s a good thing.”

In the last 24 hours, 25 deaths were reported, Ferrer added. Of those, 11 were over the age of 65 and they all had underlying health conditions, while 12 people were between the ages of 41 and 65 and 11 of those had underlying health conditions.

Countywide, the mortality rate for COVID-19 has jumped to 3.4%, Ferrer said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has reported that 33 employees have tested positive for COVID-19, while 429 are quarantined and 230 have returned to work as of 9 a.m. Monday.

Since the start of the outbreak, a total of 11 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, two who have fully recovered while the remaining nine are still under medical observation in isolation, according to LASD officials.

A total of 28 inmates are isolated, as they are exhibiting symptoms, and 676 are quarantined for being in close contact with a person currently under observation as of 9 a.m. Monday.

Of those, 153 inmates are under quarantine at the Pitchess Detention Center South Facility, while 61 are quarantined at the North County Correctional Facility, according to the LASD.

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.

“While the number of cases continues to increase, we are hopeful that our efforts through our health officer orders and distancing measures are working for your ultimate benefit,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the 5th District, which includes the SCV. “This decision will help us get to the end of this crisis more quickly. I assure you the more we stay at home now, the sooner we can get back to normal.”

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

  • City of Santa Clarita: 150
  • Unincorporated – Acton: “–”
  • 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: “–”

While The Signal had previously reported that Acton had five confirmed COVID-19 cases with numbers acquired from Public Health, those daily numbers are subject to change based on further investigation, according to Public Health officials.

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.

To view all coronavirus-related stories, visit signalscv.com/category/news/coronavirus.

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