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Alabama Said to Release Violent Offenders to Avoid Med Bills

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Alabama Said to Release Violent Offenders to Avoid Med Bills

by Connor Sheets for ProPublica

ALABAMA — Joycelyn Gugaria was at her late father’s home in Alabama. Less than a year after Gugaria’s brother, Joel Tucker, was released from prison; he assaulted her, causing a brain hemorrhage and other injuries.


Joel Tucker was booked into Alabama’s Fayette County Jail in December 2014 after being charged with the violent assault of his sister. According to court records, he punched her in the face, leaving her with a brain hemorrhage, a broken shoulder and other injuries.

“My brother almost killed me,” said Tucker’s sister, Joycelyn Gugaria, now 53.

Nonetheless, the following month, the Fayette County sheriff released Tucker on his own recognizance, citing “medical reasons.”

Sheriffs across Alabama and the U.S. regularly find ways to release sick and injured inmates from county jails to avoid paying for their hefty hospital bills, a practice often referred to as medical bond that AL.com and ProPublica reported in September. Some sheriffs defend the practice as a way to keep jail medical costs down while allowing people who aren’t a threat to society to access care.

In Alabama, it’s now clear that some of those inmates were in jail awaiting trial on charges that they’d committed violent crimes, even murder, AL.com and ProPublica have found.

Tucker is one of more than a dozen violent offenders released from Alabama jails via medical bond that AL.com and ProPublica have identified. One shot and killed another man in a nightclub. Another shot and killed a man outside his house. A third man was released the day after he was charged with second-degree assault.

With convictions that include domestic violence and manufacturing and selling drugs, Tucker, now 47, has been in and out of jails and prisons since the 1990s.

While he was out on medical bond after hitting Gugaria, Tucker committed additional crimes, for which he is now serving a 17 ½ year federal prison sentence in Terre Haute, Indiana. He could not be reached for comment.

Rodney Ingle, who at the time was sheriff of Fayette County, said this month that he did not recall the details of Tucker’s case and could not say whether he believed he was right to allow Tucker to be released. But Ingle, whose term as sheriff ended in January, said he does not “think it’s a good idea” to let violent criminals out of jail on medical bond.

“If you’re a violent offender, just because you’ve got a medical issue you shouldn’t be bonded out,” he said. “I don’t think they should be able to get right back out. I don’t agree with that.”

To be sure, many people charged with violent crimes can post bail and be released pending trial. With medical bond, however, the calculus is less about whether the defendant will show up for future court proceedings and more about how much his or her medical care will cost.

The state of Alabama does not keep statistics on how often defendants are released on medical bond or on the charges they faced when they were let go. Cases receive periodic attention when outraged victims file lawsuits or speak up in news reports.

The way sheriffs in Alabama use medical bond is drawing scrutiny following the AL.com and ProPublica investigation. State Rep. Neil Rafferty, a Birmingham Democrat who serves on the House health committee, and several of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle said they plan to tackle the issue of medical bond during the 2020 legislative session.

Rafferty said he was appalled that some violent offenders are released from county jails in Alabama so sheriffs can avoid paying their medical bills.

“That’s not good for public safety, if we’re releasing people who are threats to public safety,” he said. “That is ridiculous.”

Accused of Murder, Out on Bond

In February 2015, James Herrod was arrested and charged with murdering a woman and leaving her on the side of the road in Selma. His bond was initially set at $1 million. In December 2016, Circuit Judge Marvin W. Wiggins denied a motion by Herrod’s attorney to reduce his bond to $50,000.

But three months later, Harris Huffman Jr., who was then sheriff of Dallas County, which includes Selma, requested Herrod’s release. Wiggins turned aside prosecutors’ objections and let Herrod go.

Inmates suffering heart attacks, on the verge of diabetic comas and brutalized in jail beatings have been released so sheriffs wouldn’t have to pay for their medical care. Some were rearrested once they had recovered.

“The Dallas County Sheriff has to transport him to Montgomery twice or three times a week for Chemotherapy treatment,” Herrod’s attorney wrote in a February 2017 court filing.

“There will soon be a time when the Defendant will need to be hospitalized for one week at a time and there will be three or four of such stays in Montgomery,” the pleading said. “The Defendant needs to be home to have the support of his family and spend quality (sic) with his family.”

Huffman defended his decision to ask Wiggins to allow him to release Herrod in an interview with the Selma Times-Journal, saying that Herrod’s treatment had already cost the county over $200,000. Huffman, who did not respond to requests for comment, chose not to run for another term last year and his 24-year tenure as sheriff ended in January.

“My concern is he is extremely ill, and to be in a county jail and being that sick, it’s really hard to give him the medical attention that he needs,” Huffman told the newspaper. “It’s expensive, and it’s taxpayers’ money. … I think with him being this sick after several months it was time to do something else.”

Michael Jackson, district attorney for Alabama’s 4th Judicial Circuit, which comprises five counties in the center of the state including Dallas County, said that he’s long advocated for violent offenders to be kept behind bars.

“I understand that when somebody gets sick it can cost a lot of money, and these sheriffs don’t want to pay for that,” Jackson said. “But certain crimes like murder and rape, these people don’t need to be walking around.”

Herrod died on June 2, 2017, 10 days before his trial was slated to begin.

Martin Weinberg, a Birmingham lawyer with experience suing Alabama jails over medical issues, said some county jails in the state notoriously provide substandard in-house care and inadequate access to outside medical providers for sick inmates. Yet he and other experts said it is important to weigh those considerations against the potential societal risks of releasing inmates accused of violent crimes.

“We certainly don’t want to release violent offenders who wouldn’t otherwise be released because they have medical issues and we don’t want to pay for their care,” he said. “They get released and they can’t afford care and they get into more trouble and find their way right back into custody.”

Some sheriffs said they oppose releasing inmates accused of violent crimes for medical reasons.

“We’re just gonna bite the bullet,” Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms said. “I’m not gonna go to the judge and say they need to be released. If it costs us, it costs us.”

Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims agreed. “If they’re a threat to someone or if it’s a crime that’s a violent crime, they shouldn’t be released.”

“He’s Always Been Violent”

Gugaria has lived in fear of her brother for most of her life.

Sitting in the living room of her late father’s home deep in the woods of Bankston, a rural community west of Birmingham in Fayette County, Gugaria recounted stories of the “hell” of living through Tucker’s violence, drug abuse and rage.

“He’s always been violent, even when he was a little kid,” Gugaria said. “Something’s just wrong with him.”

Tucker as a child. (Lynsey Weatherspoon for ProPublica)

In 2013, Tucker was released early from a 15-year sentence for the manufacture of a controlled substance. In August of the following year, he punched Gugaria in the face. She was hospitalized for a day and has required multiple medical procedures over the past five years.

“I had a brain hemorrhage, my right shoulder was broken in two places, all the little bones in my nose were broken, my cheekbone was broken and my sinus cavity was crumpled,” she said. “I still have some paralysis in my face.”

Gugaria, who once worked as a secretary for the city of Tuscaloosa and loved to play poker, now collects a disability check as a result of her injuries.

Gugaria said she waited three weeks to file charges against her brother because she was afraid of him, and by that time, he had fled to Chicago. Local law enforcement obtained a warrant for Tucker’s arrest and went looking for him.

Sheriff’s deputies found Tucker in Fayette County and arrested him in December 2014. His bail was set at $25,000, but Tucker was released at the end of January 2015, on his own recognizance “due to documented medical reasons,” according to his release paperwork, which is part of his public court file.

The only officials who signed the bond were Ingle and his chief deputy. No judge, clerk or other officer of the court signed the document, which goes against standard procedure in Alabama.

Publicly available state court documents do not reveal what health issues Tucker may have had when he was released on medical bond in 2015. But in a 2016 federal lawsuit against Fayette County, Ingle and two sheriff’s office employees, Tucker alleged that when he was incarcerated in the spring of 2016 he experienced multiple serious medical problems and was not allowed to see a health care professional. The problems included a broken tooth, Hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver, as well as a medical emergency involving razor blades in his stomach. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, was dismissed for want of prosecution in November 2016, two months after it was filed.

Gugaria said that a person who knows Tucker well saw him the day of his release on Jan. 31, 2015, and spoke with Tucker about it.

“The sheriff came down there and let him sign his own bond in the ambulance,” Gugaria recalled the person who saw her brother that day telling her at the time. “And then he walked out of the ambulance. … I think they just didn’t want to have to pay his medical bill.”

Asked by a reporter about the release, Ingle replied: “You know, that’s been six years ago. I don’t even recall anything about that, I really don’t.”

Gugaria said she “was scared to death” when she found out that her brother had been released from the jail.

Tucker was indicted in August 2015 on a charge of second-degree domestic violence for the incident. In May 2016, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year in prison and five years of probation. The lawyer who represented him in the case did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

In January 2015, Tucker, shown above in an undated photograph, was released from prison on medical bond. While out on bond, he committed additional crimes, for which he is now in federal prison. (Lynsey Weatherspoon for ProPublica)

In January 2016, while he was out on medical bond, Tucker committed additional crimes, according to court records. In January 2017, Tucker was indicted on three charges in federal court in Birmingham. He pleaded guilty to one count each of methamphetamine trafficking and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison.

Gugaria says she stills lives in “fear for [her] life” though Tucker’s federal sentence is not scheduled to end until 2032.

Andy Hamlin, the current district attorney of Alabama’s 24th Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette County, was the circuit’s chief assistant district attorney at the time of Tucker’s arrest and prosecution for hitting his sister. He said he recalled the case and reread the associated court records before he spoke with AL.com and ProPublica.

Tucker’s case, he said, “is the extreme anomaly.”

“We did not advocate for a medical bond,” Hamlin said of the DA’s office. “I’m opposed to violent offenders being on the street.”

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Summary: Sheriffs regularly release sick and injured inmates to avoid paying their hospital bills. But in Alabama, some defendants charged with violent offenses like murder have been let out. And some have gone on to commit new crimes.


Connor Sheets is an investigative reporter at AL.com

This article was produced in partnership with AL.com, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published.

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COVID-19 and California’s Housing Crisis: Issues to Watch

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A hand-sanitizing station at a homeless encampment near Oakland city hall. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters View Comments

by Matt Levin for CalMatters

CALIFORNIA — As the pandemic forces millions of Californians to adjust to a new reality, the words “housing crisis” provoke previously unthinkable questions: How to shelter in place without a home?

How to self-isolate in an overcrowded apartment? Less than two weeks ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom and California lawmakers were in the throes of tackling the twin issues voters considered the state’s most urgent concerns: the more than 150,000 Californians without a home and the state’s sky-high housing costs.

Legislators were introducing controversial bills to make it easier for developers to build more housing, hoping to ease the crippling shortage economists say have made rents and home prices among the most expensive in the country.

Newsom and local governments were about to square off over how to spend $1 billion in proposed help for the unhoused.

That feels like eons ago. As the COVID-19 pandemic forces millions of Californians to adjust to a new reality, the state’s “housing crisis” already means something different, provoking previously unthinkable questions: 

How do you shelter in place without a home? How do you self-isolate in an overcrowded apartment? How far would a $1,000 stimulus check from the federal government go toward my rent or mortgage payment? 

Here are five rapidly evolving housing issues to watch in the next few weeks, months and, yes, years. 

Issue 1: The state’s housing crisis makes it harder to respond to COVID-19

First, there’s the obvious: how to protect the more than 150,000 homeless Californians from contracting and spreading the virus. 

It’s worth reiterating here that the counts you’re hearing from state officials — 108,000 people sleeping outdoors, 43,000 in shelters — are major underestimates. Not only are those numbers more than a year old, but counting the homeless is an inherently unscientific and imprecise snapshot in time. That means more emergency housing units, money and supplies will be needed than what the official stats might indicate.  

It’s also worth reiterating that other states don’t have to worry as much about this vulnerable population as California, which has the highest number of homeless residents in the country and by far the most living outdoors. Many of those homeless are seniors who have chronic health conditions and are particularly susceptible to COVID-19. 

But there are other dimensions of the housing crisis that are making it tougher for public health authorities here to manage the pandemic. Mostly because it’s so expensive to live here, California is the worst state in the country when it comes to overcrowded housing. 

That presents complications for millions of Californians instructed to stay indoors, especially if a household member is showing symptoms of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that someone who is symptomatic should self-isolate in a “sick room” with a separate bathroom. That may not be an option. 

While the virus presents the most pressing public health risk, researchers are also concerned about the long-term physical and health effects of overcrowding if schools and workplaces remain closed for extended periods. 

“On a daily basis, people are experiencing the crowdedness of their homes for longer periods of time throughout the day,’ said Claudia Solari, who researches housing overcrowding at the Urban Institute. “That kind of longer exposure could be a problem.” 

Solari’s research finds overcrowding can be linked to physical and behavioral problems in children. 

Issue 2: Housing the unhoused amid a pandemic takes an extraordinary — and extraordinarily complicated — effort 

Newsom and local governments have announced unprecedented efforts to get people living outside to move indoors. 

The state released $100 million to local governments for emergency shelter housing, with more likely on the way; purchased more than 1,300 trailers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to isolate homeless people who are symptomatic; and offered to negotiate leases with more 950 hotels on behalf of counties to get more people off the streets. Two hotels have already been secured in Oakland, providing 393 rooms.

The city of Los Angeles, with the largest homeless population in the state, announced today it would convert 42 city recreation centers to emergency shelters to create 6,000 new beds. 

But as sweeping as many of these actions have been, including many long sought by advocates, the task ahead is daunting and raises tough questions for public health experts and providers of services for the homeless.

“Health and healthcare are impossible to do with homelessness, they’re incompatible,” said Dr. Margot Kushel, a UCSF homelessness researcher.

Kushel points to several difficult-to-manage scenarios that may play out in coming weeks: How to discharge someone from a hospital if they don’t have a home in which to self-isolate? How to immediately house people with substance-abuse disorders without risking their health (an alcoholic could die if immediately cut off from alcohol, for example)? What to do with an encampment if someone starts coughing and running a fever? 

That last question could be especially problematic. Kushel pushes back against the notion that large-scale sweeps may be necessary, arguing that dispersing an encampment would be an even larger public health risk. But she worries that contagion could be a pretext for governments to sweep people off the streets, especially for the Trump administration, which has threatened such action before. 

State models show that 60,000 people who are homeless could be infected by the virus, with up to 20% needing hospitalization. 

Issue 3: Renters and mortgage-holders need lots of help

“I think it’s a huge number,”said Carol Galante, director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley. 

Galante was a high-ranking official in the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2014, as the Obama administration wrestled with the Great Recession. 

Galante said she could easily see this crisis become worse for renters and homeowners with mortgages unless bolder action is taken by the federal and state governments — especially for Californians. 

One simple example: the $1,000 stimulus check some federal lawmakers are pushing for all Americans. That could pretty much cover your rent for the average one-bedroom apartment in Phoenix or Dallas or Atlanta. It would cover less than half of what a one-bedroom costs in San Francisco. 

“I keep thinking of all the people whose incomes have just gone to zero,” said Galante. “Hairdressers, waiters, waitresses — they can’t pay their rent.” 

Newsom has received a flood of criticism from tenant-rights groups for not doing enough to prevent evictions in the wake of the pandemic. An executive order the governor issued this week simply allows local governments to impose an eviction moratorium — if they want to. In places that have imposed a moratorium, renters would have to demonstrate financial harm from the coronavirus crisis to avoid eviction. 

The Trump administration announced a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions for federally backed mortgages on single-family homes. That would not apply to the vast majority of renters. 

Issue 4: Rents and home prices may dip, but that’s not necessarily good news 

Economists are saying the country is likely already in recession, and only the depth and breadth of a downturn are uncertain at this point. The worst-case scenarios — 20% unemployment, widespread layoffs over a prolonged period — are terrifying. Early indications are that jobless claims are reaching record levels already. 

In most recessions, home prices and rents decline alongside falling incomes and wages. If a COVID-19-induced downturn is brief and the economy rebounds like President Trump has predicted, rents and home prices might only dip temporarily. But the possibility of a prolonged drop in housing costs is real. 

Some might see a paradoxical benefit for Californians. Wasn’t the root of the “housing crisis” the fact that rents were too damn high? If housing prices drop, won’t more people be able to buy a house?  

Not really. 

A rapid decline in rents and home values might be beneficial to Californians who can keep steady incomes and stable jobs. But for lower-income earners, especially in the service sector, rents will not drop as fast as their incomes. The state will be more unaffordable, not less. 

Issue 5: If momentum for new home building dries up, trouble lies ahead

If California does enter a prolonged recession, its political leaders may want to look back to the 2010’s for a lesson in what policymakers shouldn’t do. 

While the rest of the economy picked up steam after the Great Recession, homebuilding did not — particularly in places like the Bay Area, which saw an explosion in high-wage jobs. Meanwhile, the state only incrementally replaced funding for government-subsidized low-income housing programs it had slashed during the downturn. 

The result? The housing crisis we were living in before COVID-19 hit: sky-high rents, declining homeownership, widespread gentrification and displacement and rising homelessness. 

Galante, the former HUD official, fears that policymakers may make the same mistakes, just as things like affordable housing funding and zoning reform were finally at the top of the agenda. 

“I think we need to be preparing and thinking about that recovery today, and part of that means doing the hard things,” she said. 

Those hard things? Spending more on low-income housing even if state coffers start to bleed, and reducing the regulations developers face when trying to build. 

Matt Levin is the data and housing writer for CALmatters. His work entails distilling complex policy topics into easily digestible charts.

This article is produced as part of WeHo Daily’s partnership with CalMatters, a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters.

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332 New Virus Cases in LA County, Only 1 in WeHo; 5 New Deaths

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed five new deaths and 332 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  West Hollywood added only one new case in the latest numbers.

Five of the six deaths reported yesterday occurred in people over the age of 60, and one death was reported for an individual between 50 – 60 years old. Two of these individuals, including the person between 50-60 years old, did not have any reported underlying health conditions. Additional information regarding some of the new cases is pending further investigation. Over the last 48 hours, there have been 676 new cases.

To date, Public Health has identified 2136 cases across all areas of LA County, including 37 deaths.  Upon further investigation, one case reported earlier was not a LA County resident. As of today, 453 people positive for COVID-19 (21% of positive cases) have been hospitalized.

Current Health Officer Orders prohibit any public or private gatherings or events and temporarily close all beaches and hiking trails throughout the entire County. Only essential business remain open, and individuals are asked to stay home except to obtain essential goods or services. Health Officer Orders will continue through April 19.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of individuals who have died.  I ask that everyone please do your part to not infect others or become infected yourself by adhering to the public health directives and practicing social distancing,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Los Angeles County Public Health Director. “More than ever, it is crucial that we practice social distancing, and if we are sick, even with mild illness, make every effort to self-isolate from others for at least 7 days and 3 more days after being symptom free.  Everyone should make plans for how you will manage in case you need to self-isolate or self-quarantine. Those who have been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days.  If we all commit ourselves to stay home, stay away from others when sick, and stay 6 feet apart when out, we will save lives. “

Public Health has issued the following guidance for people with mild illness during this time of increased spread:

  • If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days and until 72 hours after being fever and symptom free. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.

Additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Please see the locations were cases have occurred:

Total Cases
Laboratory Confirmed Cases 2136
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)2038
— Long Beach88
— Pasadena10
Deaths37
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)36
— Long Beach1
— Pasadena0
Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  0 to 1734
–  18 to 40812
–  41 to 65797
–  over 65395
Hospitalization 
–  Hospitalized (Ever)453
CITY / COMMUNITY** 
City of Agoura Hills9
City of Alhambra10
City of Arcadia9
City of Artesia
City of Avalon0
City of Azusa2
City of Baldwin Park0
City of Bell6
City of Bell Gardens1
City of Bellflower14
City of Beverly Hills24
City of Bradbury0
City of Burbank19
City of Calabasas10
City of Carson28
City of Cerritos4
City of Claremont1
City of Commerce0
City of Compton11
City of Covina6
City of Cudahy
City of Culver City9
City of Diamond Bar3
City of Downey19
City of Duarte
City of El Monte0
City of El Segundo
City of Gardena6
City of Glendale46
City of Glendora6
City of Hawaiian Gardens
City of Hawthorne11
City of Hermosa Beach6
City of Hidden Hills0
City of Huntington Park2
City of Industry0
City of Inglewood20
City of Irwindale0
City of La Canada Flintridge7
City of La Habra Heights0
City of La Mirada7
City of La Puente3
City of La Verne1
City of Lakewood12
City of Lancaster23
City of Lawndale4
City of Lomita
City of Long Beach0
City of Lynwood14
City of Malibu
City of Manhattan Beach27
City of Maywood4
City of Monrovia4
City of Montebello4
City of Monterey Park5
City of Norwalk12
City of Palmdale7
City of Palos Verdes Estates14
City of Paramount6
City of Pasadena0
City of Pico Rivera5
City of Pomona4
City of Rancho Palos Verdes8
City of Redondo Beach29
City of Rolling Hills0
City of Rolling Hills Estates
City of Rosemead2
City of San Dimas3
City of San Fernando
City of San Gabriel6
City of San Marino
City of Santa Clarita38
City of Santa Fe Springs0
City of Santa Monica41
City of Sierra Madre0
City of Signal Hill
City of South El Monte0
City of South Gate12
City of South Pasadena5
City of Temple City2
City of Torrance34
City of Vernon0
City of Walnut3
City of West Covina6
City of West Hollywood52
City of Westlake Village0
City of Whittier8
Los Angeles1020
Los Angeles – Adams-Normandie
Los Angeles – Alsace
Los Angeles – Angeles National Forest0
Los Angeles – Angelino Heights0
Los Angeles – Arleta5
Los Angeles – Atwater Village
Los Angeles – Baldwin Hills9
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Los Angeles – Beverly Crest18
Los Angeles – Beverlywood11
Los Angeles – Boyle Heights10
Los Angeles – Brentwood33
Los Angeles – Brookside0
Los Angeles – Cadillac-Corning0
Los Angeles – Canoga Park3
Los Angeles – Carthay13
Los Angeles – Central4
Los Angeles – Century City8
Los Angeles – Century Palms/Cove8
Los Angeles – Chatsworth8
Los Angeles – Cheviot Hills
Los Angeles – Chinatown0
Los Angeles – Cloverdale/Cochran
Los Angeles – Country Club Park
Los Angeles – Crenshaw District
Los Angeles – Crestview11
Los Angeles – Del Rey12
Los Angeles – Downtown10
Los Angeles – Eagle Rock8
Los Angeles – East Hollywood6
Los Angeles – Echo Park
Los Angeles – El Sereno3
Los Angeles – Elysian Park
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Los Angeles – Encino27
Los Angeles – Exposition0
Los Angeles – Exposition Park4
Los Angeles – Faircrest Heights0
Los Angeles – Figueroa Park Square0
Los Angeles – Florence-Firestone6
Los Angeles – Glassell Park7
Los Angeles – Gramercy Place
Los Angeles – Granada Hills8
Los Angeles – Green Meadows
Los Angeles – Hancock Park18
Los Angeles – Harbor City2
Los Angeles – Harbor Gateway4
Los Angeles – Harbor Pines0
Los Angeles – Harvard Heights
Los Angeles – Harvard Park2
Los Angeles – Highland Park8
Los Angeles – Historic Filipinotown0
Los Angeles – Hollywood44
Los Angeles – Hollywood Hills24
Los Angeles – Hyde Park4
Los Angeles – Jefferson Park0
Los Angeles – Koreatown10
Los Angeles – Lafayette Square
Los Angeles – Lake Balboa8
Los Angeles – Lakeview Terrace
Los Angeles – Leimert Park
Los Angeles – Lincoln Heights2
Los Angeles – Little Armenia0
Los Angeles – Little Bangladesh4
Los Angeles – Little Tokyo
Los Angeles – Longwood0
Los Angeles – Los Feliz8
Los Angeles – Manchester Square
Los Angeles – Mandeville Canyon
Los Angeles – Mar Vista9
Los Angeles – Marina Peninsula
Los Angeles – Melrose71
Los Angeles – Mid-city9
Los Angeles – Miracle Mile9
Los Angeles – Mission Hills5
Los Angeles – Mt. Washington
Los Angeles – North Hills6
Los Angeles – North Hollywood30
Los Angeles – Northridge8
Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades15
Los Angeles – Pacoima3
Los Angeles – Palisades Highlands
Los Angeles – Palms20
Los Angeles – Panorama City6
Los Angeles – Park La Brea
Los Angeles – Pico-Union4
Los Angeles – Playa Del Rey
Los Angeles – Playa Vista5
Los Angeles – Porter Ranch6
Los Angeles – Rancho Park
Los Angeles – Regent Square0
Los Angeles – Reseda13
Los Angeles – Reseda Ranch
Los Angeles – Reynier Village
Los Angeles – San Pedro10
Los Angeles – Shadow Hills
Los Angeles – Sherman Oaks27
Los Angeles – Silverlake16
Los Angeles – South Carthay6
Los Angeles – South Park4
Los Angeles – St Elmo Village0
Los Angeles – Studio City14
Los Angeles – Sun Valley6
Los Angeles – Sunland
Los Angeles – Sycamore Square0
Los Angeles – Sylmar15
Los Angeles – Tarzana23
Los Angeles – Temple-Beaudry5
Los Angeles – Thai Town
Los Angeles – Toluca Lake
Los Angeles – Toluca Terrace0
Los Angeles – Toluca Woods0
Los Angeles – Tujunga3
Los Angeles – University Hills0
Los Angeles – University Park5
Los Angeles – Valley Glen4
Los Angeles – Valley Village18
Los Angeles – Van Nuys7
Los Angeles – Venice17
Los Angeles – Vermont Knolls
Los Angeles – Vermont Square
Los Angeles – Vermont Vista5
Los Angeles – Vernon Central3
Los Angeles – Victoria Park
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Los Angeles – Watts2
Los Angeles – Wellington Square0
Los Angeles – West Adams7
Los Angeles – West Hills6
Los Angeles – West Los Angeles18
Los Angeles – West Vernon8
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Los Angeles – Westlake5
Los Angeles – Westwood22
Los Angeles – Wholesale District12
Los Angeles – Wilmington10
Los Angeles – Wilshire Center5
Los Angeles – Winnetka9
Los Angeles – Woodland Hills19
Unincorporated – Acton0
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce0
Unincorporated – Altadena10
Unincorporated – Anaverde0
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Unincorporated – Arcadia0
Unincorporated – Athens-Westmont7
Unincorporated – Athens Village0
Unincorporated – Avocado Heights0
Unincorporated – Azusa0
Unincorporated – Bandini Islands0
Unincorporated – Bassett0
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon0
Unincorporated – Bradbury0
Unincorporated – Canyon Country
Unincorporated – Castaic4
Unincorporated – Cerritos0
Unincorporated – Charter Oak0
Unincorporated – Claremont0
Unincorporated – Covina
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Unincorporated – Del Aire0
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Unincorporated – East Los Angeles9
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Unincorporated – Elizabeth Lake0
Unincorporated – Florence-Firestone0
Unincorporated – Franklin Canyon0
Unincorporated – Glendora0
Unincorporated – Hacienda Heights2
Unincorporated – Harbor Gateway0
Unincorporated – Hawthorne
Unincorporated – Hi Vista0
Unincorporated – Kagel/Lopez Canyons0
Unincorporated – La Crescenta-Montrose0
Unincorporated – La Habra Heights0
Unincorporated – La Rambla
Unincorporated – La Verne
Unincorporated – Ladera Heights
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes0
Unincorporated – Lake Los Angeles0
Unincorporated – Lake Manor0
Unincorporated – Lakewood0
Unincorporated – Lennox5
Unincorporated – Leona Valley0
Unincorporated – Littlerock0
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Juniper Hills0
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Pearblossom0
Unincorporated – Llano0
Unincorporated – Long Beach0
Unincorporated – Lynwood0
Unincorporated – Marina del Rey
Unincorporated – Miracle Mile0
Unincorporated – Monrovia
Unincorporated – Newhall0
Unincorporated – North Lancaster0
Unincorporated – North Whittier0
Unincorporated – Northeast San Gabriel0
Unincorporated – Padua Hills0
Unincorporated – Palmdale0
Unincorporated – Palos Verdes Peninsula0
Unincorporated – Pearblossom/Llano0
Unincorporated – Pellissier Village0
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon0
Unincorporated – Pomona0
Unincorporated – Quartz Hill
Unincorporated – Rancho Dominguez
Unincorporated – Roosevelt0
Unincorporated – Rosewood0
Unincorporated – Rosewood/East Gardena0
Unincorporated – Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez0
Unincorporated – Rowland Heights3
Unincorporated – San Clemente Island0
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon0
Unincorporated – San Jose Hills0
Unincorporated – San Pasqual0
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon0
Unincorporated – Santa Catalina Island0
Unincorporated – Santa Monica Mountains0
Unincorporated – Saugus0
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country0
Unincorporated – South Antelope Valley0
Unincorporated – South Edwards0
Unincorporated – South El Monte0
Unincorporated – South San Gabriel0
Unincorporated – South Whittier5
Unincorporated – Southeast Antelope Valley0
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch
Unincorporated – Sun Village0
Unincorporated – Sunrise Village0
Unincorporated – Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain0
Unincorporated – Universal City0
Unincorporated – Val Verde0
Unincorporated – Valencia
Unincorporated – Valinda
Unincorporated – View Park/Windsor Hills0
Unincorporated – Walnut0
Unincorporated – Walnut Park0
Unincorporated – West Antelope Valley0
Unincorporated – West Carson7
Unincorporated – West Chatsworth0
Unincorporated – West LA
Unincorporated – West Puente Valley0
Unincorporated – West Rancho Dominguez0
Unincorporated – West Whittier/Los Nietos0
Unincorporated – Westfield/Academy Hills0
Unincorporated – Westhills0
Unincorporated – White Fence Farms0
Unincorporated – Whittier0
Unincorporated – Whittier Narrows0
Unincorporated – Willowbrook1
Unincorporated – Wiseburn
–  Under Investigation184

 *These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation; one previously reported case was not in Public Health’s jurisdiction.

 **– means that case numbers are suppressed (between 1 and 4 cases in communities <25,000 people).

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Now at Least 188 Virus Cases in WeHo and Surrounding Areas

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 Los Angeles County Announces Six New Deaths Related to 
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) with 344 New Cases of Confirmed in Los Angeles County today.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed six new deaths and 344 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  All of the five deaths reported yesterday occurred in people over the age of 60 who had underlying health conditions. Additional information regarding some of the new cases is pending further investigation. Over the last 48 hours, there have been 601 new cases.

West Hollywood is up to 50 cases. Beverly Hills has 21, Hollywood 38, Hollywood Hills 23, Melrose area 56. The County was previously reporting Park La Brea numbers but has made changes to the current report that does not include this at a distinct stat.

To date, Public Health has identified 1804 cases across all areas of LA County, including 32 deaths.  Upon further investigation, three cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 398 positive cases (22% of positive cases) have been hospitalized.

On March 27, a Health Officer Order was issued to temporarily close all beaches and hiking trails throughout the entire County due to recent dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases, and increased usage of beaches and hiking trails by many groups of people.  It is imperative that everyone, collectively, take action to slow the spread of COVID-19. County and City Parks may remain open for passive recreational activities. Persons using the parks are required to practice social distancing at all times.  The Order will continue through April 19.

“We are sad to announce six additional deaths from COVID-19 today,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Los Angeles County Public Health Director. “More than ever, it is crucial that we practice social distancing, and if we are sick, even with mild illness, we make every effort to self-isolate from others for at least 7 days.  Those who have been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days.   Please do your part to not infect others or become infected yourself by adhering to the public health directives and practicing social distancing whenever you do go outside. If we all commit ourselves to stay home, stay away from others when sick, and stay 6 feet apart when out, we will save lives. “

Public Health has issued the following guidance for people with mild illness during this time of increased spread:

  • If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days and until 72 hours after being fever and symptom free. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.

Additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Please see the locations were cases have occurred:

Total Cases
Laboratory Confirmed Cases 1804
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)1720*
— Long Beach75
— Pasadena9
Deaths32
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)31
— Long Beach1
— Pasadena0
Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  0 to 1727
–  18 to 40674
–  41 to 65676
–  over 65343
Hospitalization 
–  Hospitalized (Ever)398
CITY / COMMUNITY** 
City of Agoura Hills9
City of Alhambra10
City of Arcadia8
City of Artesia
City of Avalon0
City of Azusa1
City of Baldwin Park0
City of Bell5
City of Bell Gardens1
City of Bellflower12
City of Beverly Hills21
City of Bradbury0
City of Burbank17
City of Calabasas10
City of Carson26
City of Cerritos1
City of Claremont1
City of Commerce0
City of Compton9
City of Covina3
City of Cudahy
City of Culver City7
City of Diamond Bar2
City of Downey18
City of Duarte
City of El Monte0
City of El Segundo
City of Gardena6
City of Glendale36
City of Glendora4
City of Hawaiian Gardens
City of Hawthorne11
City of Hermosa Beach
City of Hidden Hills0
City of Huntington Park2
City of Industry0
City of Inglewood14
City of Irwindale0
City of La Canada Flintridge7
City of La Habra Heights0
City of La Mirada6
City of La Puente2
City of La Verne1
City of Lakewood11
City of Lancaster19
City of Lawndale3
City of Lomita
City of Long Beach0
City of Lynwood13
City of Malibu
City of Manhattan Beach23
City of Maywood2
City of Monrovia4
City of Montebello3
City of Monterey Park5
City of Norwalk12
City of Palmdale6
City of Palos Verdes Estates14
City of Paramount5
City of Pasadena0
City of Pico Rivera5
City of Pomona4
City of Rancho Palos Verdes8
City of Redondo Beach24
City of Rolling Hills0
City of Rolling Hills Estates
City of Rosemead1
City of San Dimas2
City of San Fernando0
City of San Gabriel6
City of San Marino
City of Santa Clarita32
City of Santa Fe Springs0
City of Santa Monica38
City of Sierra Madre0
City of Signal Hill
City of South El Monte0
City of South Gate11
City of South Pasadena3
City of Temple City1
City of Torrance32
City of Vernon0
City of Walnut2
City of West Covina5
City of West Hollywood50
City of Westlake Village0
City of Whittier6
City of Los Angeles839
Los Angeles – Adams-Normandie
Los Angeles – Alsace
Los Angeles – Angeles National Forest0
Los Angeles – Angelino Heights0
Los Angeles – Arleta4
Los Angeles – Atwater Village
Los Angeles – Baldwin Hills7
Los Angeles – Bel Air8
Los Angeles – Beverly Crest17
Los Angeles – Beverlywood10
Los Angeles – Boyle Heights8
Los Angeles – Brentwood31
Los Angeles – Brookside0
Los Angeles – Cadillac-Corning0
Los Angeles – Canoga Park3
Los Angeles – Carthay9
Los Angeles – Central3
Los Angeles – Century City8
Los Angeles – Century Palms/Cove5
Los Angeles – Chatsworth4
Los Angeles – Cheviot Hills
Los Angeles – Chinatown0
Los Angeles – Cloverdale/Cochran
Los Angeles – Country Club Park
Los Angeles – Crenshaw District
Los Angeles – Crestview9
Los Angeles – Del Rey10
Los Angeles – Downtown9
Los Angeles – Eagle Rock8
Los Angeles – East Hollywood5
Los Angeles – Echo Park
Los Angeles – El Sereno1
Los Angeles – Elysian Park
Los Angeles – Elysian Valley
Los Angeles – Encino26
Los Angeles – Exposition0
Los Angeles – Exposition Park4
Los Angeles – Faircrest Heights0
Los Angeles – Figueroa Park Square0
Los Angeles – Florence-Firestone6
Los Angeles – Glassell Park7
Los Angeles – Gramercy Place
Los Angeles – Granada Hills8
Los Angeles – Green Meadows
Los Angeles – Hancock Park17
Los Angeles – Harbor City1
Los Angeles – Harbor Gateway4
Los Angeles – Harbor Pines0
Los Angeles – Harvard Heights
Los Angeles – Harvard Park2
Los Angeles – Highland Park6
Los Angeles – Historic Filipinotown0
Los Angeles – Hollywood38
Los Angeles – Hollywood Hills23
Los Angeles – Hyde Park2
Los Angeles – Jefferson Park0
Los Angeles – Koreatown10
Los Angeles – Lafayette Square
Los Angeles – Lake Balboa6
Los Angeles – Lakeview Terrace
Los Angeles – Leimert Park
Los Angeles – Lincoln Heights1
Los Angeles – Little Armenia0
Los Angeles – Little Bangladesh2
Los Angeles – Little Tokyo0
Los Angeles – Longwood0
Los Angeles – Los Feliz5
Los Angeles – Manchester Square
Los Angeles – Mandeville Canyon
Los Angeles – Mar Vista8
Los Angeles – Marina Peninsula
Los Angeles – Melrose56
Los Angeles – Mid-city8
Los Angeles – Miracle Mile8
Los Angeles – Mission Hills5
Los Angeles – Mt. Washington
Los Angeles – North Hills2
Los Angeles – North Hollywood26
Los Angeles – Northridge8
Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades11
Los Angeles – Pacoima3
Los Angeles – Palisades Highlands0
Los Angeles – Palms15
Los Angeles – Panorama City4
Los Angeles – Park La Brea
Los Angeles – Pico-Union4
Los Angeles – Playa Del Rey
Los Angeles – Playa Vista5
Los Angeles – Porter Ranch3
Los Angeles – Rancho Park
Los Angeles – Regent Square0
Los Angeles – Reseda11
Los Angeles – Reseda Ranch
Los Angeles – Reynier Village
Los Angeles – San Pedro9
Los Angeles – Shadow Hills
Los Angeles – Sherman Oaks25
Los Angeles – Silverlake14
Los Angeles – South Carthay5
Los Angeles – South Park4
Los Angeles – St Elmo Village0
Los Angeles – Studio City10
Los Angeles – Sun Valley5
Los Angeles – Sunland
Los Angeles – Sycamore Square0
Los Angeles – Sylmar8
Los Angeles – Tarzana19
Los Angeles – Temple-Beaudry5
Los Angeles – Thai Town
Los Angeles – Toluca Lake
Los Angeles – Toluca Terrace0
Los Angeles – Toluca Woods0
Los Angeles – Tujunga2
Los Angeles – University Hills0
Los Angeles – University Park5
Los Angeles – Valley Glen3
Los Angeles – Valley Village14
Los Angeles – Van Nuys6
Los Angeles – Venice13
Los Angeles – Vermont Knolls
Los Angeles – Vermont Square
Los Angeles – Vermont Vista3
Los Angeles – Vernon Central3
Los Angeles – Victoria Park
Los Angeles – View Heights0
Los Angeles – Watts1
Los Angeles – Wellington Square0
Los Angeles – West Adams7
Los Angeles – West Hills5
Los Angeles – West Los Angeles13
Los Angeles – West Vernon8
Los Angeles – Westchester12
Los Angeles – Westlake2
Los Angeles – Westwood17
Los Angeles – Wholesale District11
Los Angeles – Wilmington7
Los Angeles – Wilshire Center4
Los Angeles – Winnetka8
Los Angeles – Woodland Hills18
Unincorporated – Acton0
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce0
Unincorporated – Altadena10
Unincorporated – Anaverde0
Unincorporated – Angeles National Forest0
Unincorporated – Arcadia0
Unincorporated – Athens-Westmont7
Unincorporated – Athens Village0
Unincorporated – Avocado Heights0
Unincorporated – Azusa0
Unincorporated – Bandini Islands0
Unincorporated – Bassett0
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon0
Unincorporated – Bradbury0
Unincorporated – Canyon Country
Unincorporated – Castaic4
Unincorporated – Cerritos0
Unincorporated – Charter Oak0
Unincorporated – Claremont0
Unincorporated – Covina
Unincorporated – Covina (Charter Oak)0
Unincorporated – Del Aire0
Unincorporated – Del Rey0
Unincorporated – Del Sur0
Unincorporated – Desert View Highlands0
Unincorporated – Duarte0
Unincorporated – East Covina0
Unincorporated – East La Mirada0
Unincorporated – East Lancaster0
Unincorporated – East Los Angeles8
Unincorporated – East Pasadena0
Unincorporated – East Rancho Dominguez0
Unincorporated – East Whittier
Unincorporated – El Camino Village0
Unincorporated – El Monte0
Unincorporated – Elizabeth Lake0
Unincorporated – Florence-Firestone0
Unincorporated – Franklin Canyon0
Unincorporated – Glendora0
Unincorporated – Hacienda Heights2
Unincorporated – Harbor Gateway0
Unincorporated – Hawthorne
Unincorporated – Hi Vista0
Unincorporated – Kagel/Lopez Canyons0
Unincorporated – La Crescenta-Montrose0
Unincorporated – La Habra Heights0
Unincorporated – La Rambla
Unincorporated – La Verne
Unincorporated – Ladera Heights0
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes0
Unincorporated – Lake Los Angeles0
Unincorporated – Lake Manor0
Unincorporated – Lakewood0
Unincorporated – Lennox
Unincorporated – Leona Valley0
Unincorporated – Littlerock0
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Juniper Hills0
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Pearblossom0
Unincorporated – Llano0
Unincorporated – Long Beach0
Unincorporated – Lynwood0
Unincorporated – Marina del Rey
Unincorporated – Miracle Mile0
Unincorporated – Monrovia
Unincorporated – Newhall0
Unincorporated – North Lancaster0
Unincorporated – North Whittier0
Unincorporated – Northeast San Gabriel0
Unincorporated – Padua Hills0
Unincorporated – Palmdale0
Unincorporated – Palos Verdes Peninsula0
Unincorporated – Pearblossom/Llano0
Unincorporated – Pellissier Village0
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon0
Unincorporated – Pomona0
Unincorporated – Quartz Hill0
Unincorporated – Rancho Dominguez0
Unincorporated – Roosevelt0
Unincorporated – Rosewood0
Unincorporated – Rosewood/East Gardena0
Unincorporated – Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez0
Unincorporated – Rowland Heights1
Unincorporated – San Clemente Island0
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon0
Unincorporated – San Jose Hills0
Unincorporated – San Pasqual0
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon0
Unincorporated – Santa Catalina Island0
Unincorporated – Santa Monica Mountains0
Unincorporated – Saugus0
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country0
Unincorporated – South Antelope Valley0
Unincorporated – South Edwards0
Unincorporated – South El Monte0
Unincorporated – South San Gabriel0
Unincorporated – South Whittier5
Unincorporated – Southeast Antelope Valley0
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch
Unincorporated – Sun Village0
Unincorporated – Sunrise Village0
Unincorporated – Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain0
Unincorporated – Universal City0
Unincorporated – Val Verde0
Unincorporated – Valencia
Unincorporated – Valinda
Unincorporated – View Park/Windsor Hills0
Unincorporated – Walnut0
Unincorporated – Walnut Park0
Unincorporated – West Antelope Valley0
Unincorporated – West Carson6
Unincorporated – West Chatsworth0
Unincorporated – West LA
Unincorporated – West Puente Valley0
Unincorporated – West Rancho Dominguez0
Unincorporated – West Whittier/Los Nietos0
Unincorporated – Westfield/Academy Hills0
Unincorporated – Westhills0
Unincorporated – White Fence Farms0
Unincorporated – Whittier0
Unincorporated – Whittier Narrows0
Unincorporated – Willowbrook1
Unincorporated – Wiseburn
–  Under Investigation154

 *These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation; three previously reported cases were not in Public Health’s jurisdiction.

 **– means that case numbers are suppressed (between 1 and 4 cases in communities <25,000 people).

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