LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — On the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 case announced in Los Angeles County, the Department of Public Health Tuesday announced another 5,927 confirmed cases and 291 deaths — bringing countywide totals to 1,085,044 cases and 15,592 deaths.
“Today, as we mark the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in L.A. County, we remember the many people who died from COVID-19 over the past year and the many families that will forever be healing from their loss,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, county public health director, said. “May you find peace today and always.”READ MORE: 3 Pop-Up Vaccination Sites To Open In Northeast San Fernando Valley
Of the 291 new deaths, 91 people were over the age of 80, 99 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 69 people were between the ages of 50 and 64, 17 people were between the ages of 30 and 49 and three people were between the ages of 18 and 29. The remaining 11 deaths were reported by the city of Pasadena.
According to the department, January is on track to be the deadliest month yet in the pandemic and residents were again urged to refrain from gathering in crowds, to stay home when sick and wear a face covering and maintain physical distance from others when in public.
The department warned that just because the state’s regional stay-at-home order has been lifted, it did not mean that the pandemic was over.READ MORE: Driver Identified In Bizarre Pursuit Involving BMW Doing Donuts, Hitting Pedestrian
“COVID-19 transmission remains very high in Los Angeles County, and while we issued a new health order that allows some businesses to reopen, this does not mean that we have stopped the spread of the virus,” Ferrer said. “The simple fact of the matter is that if we are not more careful than we have been in the past when sectors have reopened, case counts will rise again, creating the possibility of another surge.”
And while the promise of vaccination continues to provide hope, shortages remain a major issue.
According to Ferrer, 75% of all adults could be immunized by mid-summer if the county were to receive 500,000 doses per week. But, at the current rate of only 150,000 doses per week, she said it will take well into 2022 to vaccinate most adults.MORE NEWS: For 2nd Straight Year, San Diego Comic-Con Will Be Virtual
With test results available for nearly 5,410,000 people, the county’s overall positivity rate was holding steady at 19% — though the daily rate Tuesday was 12%, slightly higher than Monday’s 11.9%.