Health Official: Pasadenan Who Died Apparently Contracted COVID-19 at Church Service

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News More Cool Stuff Community News Health Official: Pasadenan Who Died Apparently Contracted COVID-19 at Church Service Hospitalizations in city, county continue rapid increase By BRIAN DAY Published on Friday, December 18, 2020 | 5:36 pm Community News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>?</span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>?</span>As coronavirus-related deaths tick upward again after fatality-free weeks in October and November, city health officials reported two new COVID-19 deaths in Pasadena on Friday, one of whom apparently contracted the virus at a church service.The other patient became infected from “household contact.” Their ages and genders were not available. Neither was a resident of a long-term care facility or nursing home.Meanwhile, the city reported 118 new infections, down from recent record highs but still more than ever before seen in Pasadena prior to December.According to city data, Pasadena health officials had recorded a total of 5,839 COVID-19 infections and 144 fatalities.Huntington Hospital officials reported 151 COVID-19 patients being treated at the facility, with 29 of them, or 19%, being treated in intensive care units, according to hospital data.The hospital’s average daily admission rate of COVID-19 patients over the prior week had reached an all-time high of 23.On Friday, Huntington Hospital officials reported 151 COVID-19 patients being treated at the facility, with 29 of them, or 19%, being treated in intensive care units, according to hospital data. (Image courtesy Huntington Hospital)The state-calculated ICU availability rate remained at 0% after first bottoming out on Thursday, according to state data.Los Angeles County continued an exploding rate of hospitalizations on Friday, with 5,100 patients hospitalized county-wide, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health. It marked the first time COVID-19 hospitalizations topped 5,000. Twenty percent of the patients were being treated in ICUs.County officials reported 16,504 new COVID-19 infections and 96 new deaths, along with four additional cases of the COVID-19-related condition MIS-C, affecting children.In total, L.A. County has seen 596,721 infections and 8,757 deaths.“Since Monday, L.A. County has reported more than 71,000 new COVID-19 cases; an acceleration of cases never seen before in our community,” the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a written statement. “As case numbers continue to surge, the total number of individuals who will become seriously ill or pass away will also increase.”L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer warned the public not to become complacent as COVID-19 vaccines begin the process of distribution, which is expected to take months.“I, like so many others, feel hopeful as we approach the holidays because each day we see progress with COVID-19 vaccine availability and we know the end to this pandemic is in sight. However, to underestimate this virus or figure out ways to undermine safety measures is a mistake that our community can’t afford any longer,” she said.“Our healthcare workers and essential workers depend on all of us to protect them and slow the surge,” Ferrer said. “Please do not host or attend get-togethers or parties. If you are a business defying safety directives, we need you to start playing by the rules so we can keep our hospitals functional. The actions we take today will impact whether we see more or less cases of COVID-19 two weeks from now, and beyond.”At the state level, health officials reported 41,012 new infections on Friday, coupled with 30o additional fatalities.The figure raised the statewide totals to 1,764,374 cases of COVID-19 and 22,160 deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health.The average positivity rate over the prior week has climbed to 12.8%, while the 14-day average was recorded as 11.8%.As of Friday, L.A. County accounted for 34% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 40% of the state’s fatalities. 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