Health department officials reported that the county reached 26,217 confirmed cases of respiratory illness.

172,000 Los Angeles County residents have been tested for the coronavirus

The virus testing and detection capacity in Los Angeles County has been greatly increased.

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The Los Angeles County Department of Health held a press conference to inform the facts related to the coronavirus pandemic in which they increased the number of cases and deaths.

Till the date 26,217 positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. "Today we are confirming 568 cases, but I must emphasize that the data for Monday is usually low because the performance of tests decreases during the weekend."Said the director of the department Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

1,256 Los Angeles County residents have lost their lives because of the disease. The department assured that the 49% of deaths have occurred in special care institutions such as nursing homes and nursing homes. "616 people have died in these institutions"He assured Ferrer.

Until now more than 172,000 people have been tested for the virus.

For the second consecutive week the number of current hospitalized has decreased. "There are 1,819 hospitalized patients related to COVID-19. 30% of them are in intensive care"Assured the Dr. Ferrer.

Finally, the director of the department said that cases among front-line health personnel increased by more than 1,000 cases in a week. "There are 2,978 confirmed cases among health personnel, 1,000 more than last week", he claimed.

According Ferrer the increase is related to the department's efforts to carry out screening tests for all staff and all residents in the special care institutions they are currently investigating.

"40% of cases are in nursing homes and nursing homes. Another 30% of cases are in hospitals", he claimed. The most affected would be the nurses, who act 44% of the almost 3,000 infections on county medical staff.


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