County, Henry Mayo report highest number of deaths since start of pandemic

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Los Angeles County and Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital each reported Thursday their highest one-day death tally related to COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. 

The hospital’s five additional deaths reported brought the overall tally at the hospital to 69, according to Henry Mayo spokesman Patrick Moody. Information on any of the deceased, including age, residency and past medical history, was not provided by the hospital due to patient privacy policy. 

“(I)t’s the highest number we’ve ever reported for one day. It is heartbreaking,” said Moody. “We appeal to everyone to please follow Public Health guidelines over the holidays.” 

As of Thursday, a total of 85 people are hospitalized at Henry Mayo, added Moody. 

Countywide, the death tally in just the past 24 hours marked 148, the highest ever in the county. 

L.A.’s new high death toll surpassed Wednesday’s record of 145 new COVID-19 deaths and 6,155 people currently hospitalized — the highest number of deaths and admissions countywide since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. 

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials released the following updated COVID-19 statistics Thursday:

New COVID-19 cases reported in L.A. County in the past 24 hours: 13,678

Total COVID-19 cases in L.A. County: 667,299

New deaths related to COVID-19 reported in the past 24 hours: 148

Total COVID-19 deaths in L.A. County: 9,299

Hospitalizations countywide:6,499; 20% of whom are in the ICU

Hospitalizations at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as of Dec. 24: 85, with 602 discharged since the onset of the pandemic.

ICU capacity for Southern California: 0.0%

COVID-19 cases reported in the Santa Clarita Valley in the past 24 hours: 289, 250 of which came from the city of Santa Clarita. 

Total COVID-19 cases in the SCV:15,033

Total COVID-19 deaths in the SCV: 110, including five from Henry Mayo reported Thursday.

The numbers 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:10,454

Unincorporated – Acton: 231

Unincorporated – Agua Dulce: 113

Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon: 22

Unincorporated – Canyon Country: 439

Unincorporated – Castaic: 2,803  (majority of Castaic cases come from Pitchess Detention Center, exact number unavailable)

Unincorporated – Lake Hughes: 21

Unincorporated – Newhall: 52

Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon: 0

Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon: 4

Unincorporated – Sand Canyon: 8

Unincorporated – Saugus: 72 

Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country: 24

Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch: 531

Unincorporated – Val Verde: 164

Unincorporated – Valencia: 95

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