LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Tuesday reported 2,091 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 157 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,183,378 cases and 20,057 deaths.
Of the new deaths reported, 51 people who died were over the age of 80, 58 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 33 people were between the ages of 50 and 64, 12 people were between the ages of 30 and 49 and one person was between the ages of 18 and 29. Pasadena reported two deaths.READ MORE: For 2nd Straight Year, San Diego Comic-Con Will Be Virtual
And while new COVID-19 cases and test positivity rates continue to decline, L.A. County remained in the most restrictive purple tier in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy with an adjusted case rate of 12.3 per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of 5.1%.
In order to move to the red tier, which would allow additional business sectors to reopen, the county must have a daily case rate at or below 7 per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate at or below 8%.READ MORE: Have You Noticed Higher Gas Prices Lately? You're Not Alone
Public Health also reported that between Feb. 14 and Feb. 18, a total of 36 citations were issued to businesses including restaurants, food markets, gyms, personal care salons and shopping malls for noncompliance. The department said a total of 1,025 citations have been issued since the end of August.
“As more and more of our county residents return to businesses and school, it’s important to remember that the actions we all take today will affect the numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths several weeks from now,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, county public health director, said. “As we continue to bear witness to the devastating loss of life from COVID-19, we ask that everyone continue to use the tools we know work to slow the spread of the virus: wear a mask and keep 6 feet of distance anytime you are around others not in your household.”MORE NEWS: 2 Injured In Glassell Park Shooting; Authorities Searching For Suspect
There were 2,146 COVID-19 patients hospitalized Tuesday, 31% of whom were being treated in intensive care units. With testing results available fore more than 5,778,000 individuals, the county’s overall positivity rate was holding steady at 19%.