Cindy Von Quednow
Los Angeles County reported 40 additional deaths due to COVID-19 Friday, bringing the death toll to 495, as the number of cases reached 11,391.
The new figures come as the county set a record for daily deaths for three days in a row this week. the mortality rate countywide remained at 4.3%
Of the new deaths reported Friday, 28 people were over 65, 19 of whom had underlying health conditions, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, said. Eight people were between 41 and 65, six of whom had underlying health conditions and one was one person who was between 18 and 40 also had an underlying condition.
The county has been the site of almost half of coronavirus deaths in California, a Los Angeles Times analysis showed.
On Thursday, Ferrer noted that while the number of infections appears to be leveling out, the death toll continues to climb partly due to patients dying days after becoming hospitalized. This lag in reported fatalities is seen in other hot spots like New York City, she explained.
An additional 567 cases were reported Friday, and in just 48 hours, there were 966 new cases countywide, Ferrer said.
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