SCV sees five COVID-19-related deaths over weekend

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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials released the following updated COVID-19 statistics Monday, with five additional deaths reported in the Santa Clarita Valley over the weekend, bringing the local death toll to 65.

Public health director Barbara Ferrer urged people to remain cautious as the county begins to reopen and also released current COVID-19 case numbers during a press conference Monday.

“It’s the personal responsibility of everyone, businesses, institutions and individuals to use every tool we have to protect ourselves and each other from further transmission of this very dangerous virus,” Ferrer said during the press conference.

The county announced last week certain businesses can reopen at limited capacity, including nail salons and card rooms, which were allowed to open Oct.1. 

Schools can begin applying for waivers that would allow students grades TK to 2 to return to in-person instruction once approved by the Department of Public Health.

Indoor malls will be able to reopen Wednesday at 25% capacity but common areas and food courts will remain closed. Outdoor recreational areas and parks are also able to reopen if approved by L.A. County Parks and Recreation.

“We have seen a significant decline since our spike in July,” said Ferrer during the press conference. “But as a reminder, we always see low numbers on Monday; these (numbers) are a result of that lag.”

The statistics reported Monday included:

Countywide COVID-19 cases reported in the past 24 hours: 472

Total COVID-19 cases in L.A. County: 274,942

New deaths related to COVID-19 reported in the past 24 hours: 7

Total COVID-19 deaths in L.A. County: 6,654

Hospitalizations countywide: 674; 27% of whom are in the ICU

Hospitalizations at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as of Oct. 2: 9, with 266 discharged since the onset of the pandemic

COVID-19 cases reported in the Santa Clarita Valley in the past 24 hours: 32

Total COVID-19 cases in the SCV: 6,333

Total COVID-19 deaths in the SCV: 65

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

City of Santa Clarita: 3,618

Unincorporated – Acton: 73

Unincorporated – Agua Dulce: 28

Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon: 9

Unincorporated – Canyon Country: 146

Unincorporated – Castaic: 2,096 (majority of Castaic cases come from Pitchess Detention Center, exact number unavailable)

Unincorporated – Lake Hughes: 4

Unincorporated – Newhall: 14

Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon: 0

Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon: 0

Unincorporated – Sand Canyon: 7

Unincorporated – Saugus: 28

Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country: 6

Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch: 175

Unincorporated – Val Verde: 85

Unincorporated – Valencia: 48To view all coronavirus-related stories, visit

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