L.A. County reminds residents of COVID-19 dangers ahead of Labor Day weekend

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As Labor Day weekend approaches, Los Angeles County Public Health Department officials warned residents to remember COVID-19 guidelines, as they announced 1,022 additional COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the overall total to 241,768.

Over the weekend, the Santa Clarita Valley saw 62 additional COVID-19 cases, with 30 cases reported Saturday and 32 reported Sunday, along with 16 cases reported Monday.

The SCV also saw two additional deaths related to COVID-19 over the weekend, one of which occurred at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, spokesman Patrick Moody confirmed Monday. This brings the local death toll since the start of the pandemic to 55.

“As we approached the Labor Day weekend and as we plan how our county will reopen schools and more businesses, we must look at the lessons learned from our experiences these past seven months,” L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said during Public Health’s Monday briefing. “In order for transmission rates to continue to fall, … we need to continue to forego our traditional holiday traditions. … The ability for us to reopen more fully relies on everyone doing their part, being smart in their choices, and reducing their risk to exposure of COVID-19 every day.” 

Countywide, Public Health reported 16 new deaths related to the virus, bringing the total in L.A. County to 5,784.

There were 1,043 confirmed cases of COVID-19 hospitalized countywide as of Monday, a decrease of 48% from the 2,220 reported on July 31.

Henry Mayo also released its latest figures Monday, which showed a total of 6,818 patients had been tested since the start of the pandemic — many of whom are tested more than once — with 794 of those testing returning positive, while 7,830 were negative and eight remain pending, according to Moody. A total of 236 have been discharged and 10 people remained in the hospital for treatment, he added.

The number of SCV cases, including all area health care providers’ daily figures and those at Pitchess Detention Center, totaled 5,408 Monday, broken down into region as follows: 

City of Santa Clarita: 2,999
Unincorporated – Acton: 61
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce: 25
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon: 6
Unincorporated – Canyon Country: 117
Unincorporated – Castaic: 1,904 (majority of Castaic cases come from Pitchess Detention Center, exact number unavailable)
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes: 2
Unincorporated – Newhall: 6
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon: 0
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon: 0
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon: 6
Unincorporated – Saugus: 26
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country: 1
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch: 154
Unincorporated – Val Verde: 60
Unincorporated – Valencia: 41

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

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