SCV sees five new COVID-19 deaths

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced five additional deaths related to COVID-19 in the Santa Clarita Valley, one of which was reported at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, bringing the local death toll to 73.

In addition, California Public Health Department updated its metrics for each county on the state’s blueprint for reopening Tuesday, with Los Angeles County still in the state’s most-restrictive tier.

In order to move into Tier 2, which would allow for more reopenings, a county’s case rate must be at or below seven new diagnoses per 100,000 residents per day, with a testing positivity rate of 5% to 8%.

Though the county’s positivity rate is 3.4%, which meets the qualifications, its case rate is significantly above the threshold at 10.1 per 100,000 residents, and its adjusted case rate is 7.6, which is adjusted depending on the county’s testing volume, according to the state data released Tuesday, based on results from the week ending Oct. 10.

“I think many of us are discouraged that we haven’t yet reduced our case rate enough to move to Tier 2,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “I do want you to know that we do have the tools at hand to drive transmission rates down in our communities. Not only do we want to eventually progress into less restrictive tiers, but we want to be able to continue to keep businesses and institutions open.”

This comes as Public Health officials announced they’ve been experiencing significant technical issues with the county’s data reporting systems, resulting in delays, particularly around case reporting and test positivity rates.

“Therefore, the data I reported yesterday and the data we’re reporting today are likely to be an undercount of new cases in the county,” Ferrer added. “We are hopeful that we will be able to resolve the data delays, so that by the end of this week, we’re able to fix the numbers for the entire week, but also move forward with more accurate counts every day.”

Public Health also released the following updated COVID-19 figures:

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

  • Oct. 20: 713
  • Oct. 21: 510

Total COVID-19 cases in L.A. County: 

  • Oct. 20: 290,009
  • Oct. 21: 290,486

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

  • Oct. 20: 39
  • Oct. 21: 33

Total COVID-19 deaths in L.A. County: 

  • Oct. 20: 6,912
  • Oct. 21: 6,944

Hospitalizations countywide: 

  • Oct. 20: 730; 30% of whom are in the ICU
  • Oct. 21: 758; 28% of whom are in the ICU

Hospitalizations at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as of Oct. 21: 12; 290 discharged since the onset of the pandemic

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

  • Oct. 20: 18
  • Oct. 21: 10

Total COVID-19 cases in the SCV: 

  • Oct 20: 6,792
  • Oct. 21: 6,802

Total COVID-19 deaths in the SCV: 

  • Oct. 20: 72, plus 1 reported by Henry Mayo
  • Oct. 21: 73

The latest 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: 3,971
Unincorporated – Acton: 77
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce: 30
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon: 10
Unincorporated – Canyon Country: 163
Unincorporated – Castaic: 2,153 (majority of Castaic cases come from Pitchess Detention Center, exact number unavailable)
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes: 5
Unincorporated – Newhall: 15
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon: 0
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon: 0
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon: 7
Unincorporated – Saugus: 28
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country: 11
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch: 189
Unincorporated – Val Verde: 91
Unincorporated – Valencia: 52

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