SCV death toll related to COVID-19 nears 50 after two additional deaths reported


The COVID-19 death toll in the Santa Clarita Valley reached 48 following two additional deaths reported Saturday by Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital officials. 

Across Los Angeles County, the death toll has also increased. On Saturday, the overall tally reached 4,669 after the Department of Public Health reported 50 new deaths. 

“The number of deaths we are seeing is a sad reminder of the devastation COVID-19 causes,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer in a prepared statement. “Only by doing our part and working together can we reduce transmission to a lower rate that allows more people to get back to work and allows our children to return to their classrooms. Hopefully, as you make your decisions about how to spend this beautiful weekend, you will do so understanding your power to affect the health of the entire community.”

As of Saturday the county saw an additional 2,303 new cases, which brought the overall tally to 190,693, Public Health officials said, adding that upon further investigation, 91 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not L.A. County residents. 

A total of 36 new diagnoses were reported for the SCV, of which 30 were in the city of Santa Clarita, four in Stevenson Ranch and one each in Canyon Country, Sand Canyon and Valencia. The total local count marked 4,411. 

Across the county, a total of 1,904 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized, of which 30% were in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 1.77 million individuals with 10% of all people testing positive, according to Public Health. 

To date, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has conducted 5,403 tests since the onset of the pandemic. Of individuals tested — many of whom are tested more than once — 664 returned positive, 5,927 were negative and 177 remain outstanding, according to hospital spokesman Patrick Moody. 

A total of 191 people have recovered and returned home, while 18 remained in the hospital Saturday, a drop of seven individuals since Thursday. The hospital has had a total of 20 COVID-19 related deaths, which include the two reported Saturday, Moody added. 

SCV case breakdown 

The number of SCV cases, including all area health care providers’ daily figures and those at Pitchess Detention Center, totaled 4,411 Saturday, broken down into region, are as follows: 

City of Santa Clarita: 2,182

Unincorporated – Acton: 44

Unincorporated – Agua Dulce: 20

Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon: 1

Unincorporated – Canyon Country: 82

Unincorporated – Castaic: 1,858 (majority of Castaic cases come from Pitchess Detention Center, exact number unavailable)

Unincorporated – Lake Hughes: 1

Unincorporated – Newhall: 5

Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon: 0

Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon: 0

Unincorporated – Sand Canyon: 5

Unincorporated – Saugus: 14

Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country: 1

Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch: 119

Unincorporated – Val Verde: 44

Unincorporated – Valencia: 35

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