COVID-19: Declining numbers move county closer to less-restrictive tier

Coronavirus. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control

COVID-19 data released Tuesday by the California Department of Public Health show another week of declines in new cases and the test positivity rate in Los Angeles County. 

Since last week, the county’s seven-day average test positivity rate has dropped from 2% to 1.8%. Based on results from the week ending March 13, the seven-day average case rate dropped from 4.1 to 3.7 per 100,000 people.  

According to a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health statement Tuesday, the county may be eligible to move to the less restrictive orange tier as soon as early April due to these declining numbers. 

L.A. County is currently in its second week of being in the red tier. The state of California requires counties to stay in the red tier for at least three weeks before advancing to the less-restrictive orange tier.  

Counties must also meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks before becoming eligible to move to the less restrictive tier. 

County public health officials released the following updated COVID-19 statistics Tuesday:  

New COVID-19 cases reported in L.A. County in the past 24 hours: 490 

Total COVID-19 cases in L.A. County: 1,215,129 

New deaths related to COVID-19 reported: 66 

Total COVID-19 deaths in L.A. County: 22,871 

Hospitalizations countywide: 713; 25% of whom are in the ICU. 

Hospitalizations at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as of March 19: 8, with 1,176 discharged since the onset of the pandemic. 

COVID-19 cases reported in the Santa Clarita Valley in the past 24 hours: 17, 10 of which came from the city of Santa Clarita. 

Total COVID-19 cases in the SCV: 26,959 

Total COVID-19 deaths in the SCV: 286 

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: 19,783 

Unincorporated – Acton: 459 

Unincorporated – Agua Dulce: 265  

Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon: 47 

Unincorporated – Canyon Country: 814 

Unincorporated – Castaic: 3,664 (majority of Castaic cases come from Pitchess Detention Center, exact number unavailable) 

Unincorporated – Lake Hughes: 41 

Unincorporated – Newhall: 67 

Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon: 1 

Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon: 15 

Unincorporated – Sand Canyon: 17 

Unincorporated – Saugus: 132 

Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country: 39 

Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch: 1,103 

Unincorporated – Val Verde: 327 

Unincorporated – Valencia: 185 

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