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COVID-19 in L.A. By the Numbers, Two Months Into Safer-At-Home

May 18, 2020 by Brian Champlin
Grand Park facing City Hall
Grand Park with City Hall in the Background on March 19, 2020. Photo by: Christina Champlin

It’s been two months since Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered the city of Los Angeles Safer at Home on March 19. On that day, there were an estimated 230 individuals in L.A. County with COVID-19. Since then, the progression of COVID-19 has crippled the city and created a wave of pain and uncertainty.

“Many people across our county are experiencing the profound sadness of losing a loved one,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said during the county’s daily update today. “Please know, we as a community mourn with you, and you are in our thoughts and prayers every day.”

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Part of mourning is understanding, so want to take a minute to evaluate where we are 60 days into Safer at Home. To that end, below is a snapshot of L.A.’s COVID-19 crisis, by the numbers, taken from the most updated information available as of May 18, 2020.

Keep in mind that for the latest numbers, you can see Public Health’s COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard here.

Data from Los Angeles County Public Health

[RELATED: A Timeline of COVID-19 in Los Angeles]

COVID-19 in Los Angeles as of May 18, 2020

350,000+ – The number of people tested for COVID-19 in L.A. County as of May 18. 9% tested positive.

38,451 – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in L.A. County as of May 18.

12,531 – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in L.A. County in individuals aged 18-40.

5,835 – The total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County as of May 18.

4,298 – The number of confirmed cases in healthcare workers and first responders. Nurses make up 46% of these cases.

1,839 – The number of COVID-19 deaths in L.A. County as of May 18.

1,570 – The number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County as of May 18. 27% of these cases have been admitted to intensive care units, 20% are on ventilators.

Data from Los Angeles County Public Health

614 – The number of confirmed cases in county jail facilities. This includes 480 inmates and 134 staff members.

295 – The number of COVID-19 cases in people experiencing homelessness.

230 – The number of cases when Safer-At-Home went into effect on March 19.

141 – The number of skilled nursing facilities where all residents and staff have been tested. To date, over 3,600 people have been tested, of which 402 (11%) tested positive. 86% of those who tested positive were asymptomatic.

92 – The percent of COVID-19 deaths from individuals with underlying health conditions.

60 – The number of days it’s been since Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the Safer-At-Home order on March 19.

12 – The percentage of deaths in L.A. County comprised of Black/African Americans. This segment makes up 8.2% of the county’s population.

Data from Los Angeles County Public Health

5 – The number of stages in Los Angeles County’s roadmap to reopening. We’re currently in Stage 2. There is no definitive timeline for when we would enter Stage 3.

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