SCV sees number of confirmed cases increase 74 in the last 24 hours


The Santa Clarita Valley’s confirmed number of cases, which includes an outbreak at Pitchess Detention Center, saw an increase of 74 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

The number of cases within Castaic, which includes the number of cases at the jail, increased by 57 in the last day. After Los Angeles County Public Health Department officials clarified a geo mapping error for the community of Val Verde on Thursday, the number for Val Verde remained consistent at 23 between Thursday and Friday.

Public Health officials did not clarify how many cases belong to the Castaic community or to the Pitchess Detention Center as of Friday, but did say the high number was associated with the correctional facility.

A total of 1,633 new cases and 20 new deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported in Los Angeles County in the last day, according to Public Health Department officials.

About 500 of the new cases, according to Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, were due to a backlog in cases that were delayed in their reporting from one particular lab.

The total number of cases in L.A. County is 70,476 since the beginning of the pandemic, and the total number of deaths is now at 2,832.

Of those who have died, 93% of them have had underlying conditions, Ferrer said, adding that percentage has remained steady throughout the pandemic.

The mortality rate within L.A. County among confirmed cases is now at 4.01%, a number that has continued to drop countywide in the last few weeks.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital officials released their latest figures Tuesday, reporting a total of 2,045 patients had been tested — many of whom have been tested more than once — with 234 tests returning positive, 2,013 negative and 60 still pending, according to spokesman Patrick Moody. Three people remained in the hospital and 91 have recovered and been discharged.

Public Health reported Friday the number of SCV cases, including all area health care providers’ daily figures and Pitchess Detention Center, totaled 2,724, which, broken down by region, is as follows:

City of Santa Clarita: 879
Unincorporated – Acton: 16
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce: 9
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon: 1
Unincorporated – Canyon Country: 39
Unincorporated – Castaic: 1,701 (majority of Castaic cases come from Pitchess Detention Center, exact number unavailable)
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes: 1
Unincorporated – Newhall: 1
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon: 0
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon: 0
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon: 0
Unincorporated – Saugus: 5
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country: 0
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch: 38
Unincorporated – Val Verde: 23
Unincorporated – Valencia: 11

The Public Health Department is scheduled to provide an updated report for the number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the SCV later Friday afternoon.

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