The number of reported COVID-19 cases in California passed 45,000 Monday, with Los Angeles County reaching a grim milestone of more than 20,000 cases, but overall the pace of new cases continues to slow since last week.
There were 45,146 reported coronaviruses cases in the state, with Los Angeles County accounting for 20,417 of those cases, or 45 percent, according to data compiled by this news organization. There were 1,525 new cases statewide reported Monday, 889 of which were in Los Angeles County, or 58 percent.
Sixty-four people were reported to have died in California, bringing the state’s total to 1,779. Los Angeles again is bearing the brunt of COVID-19’s devastation in the state, with more than half of those victims, or 942, being from that county. Los Angeles also accounted for 45 percent of new deaths.
The number of new cases reported Monday across the state is higher than the numbers reported over Saturday and Sunday respectively, according to data from this news organization. But that could be due to the fact that not all counties issue reports over the weekend.
Monday’s 1,525 new cases marks a 12-percent decrease from Friday, when there were 1,736 new cases, and is lower than any of the daily counts last week. The state Department of Health reports that California reached an all-time high of new daily cases on April 20, when it recorded 2,135 new cases.
State health officials also said it had received a total of 553,409 lab reported, with 23,235 new reports coming in Monday, an increase of 5.2 percent.
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The number of people hospitalized for confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout California rose slightly to 3,372, a 1.4 percent increase from the day before, the state Department of Public Health reported. The number of COVID-19-positive patients in intensive-care units was about 35 percent. Los Angeles County accounted for 1,887 of those hospitalizations, or 55 percent.