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Lack of Confidence in US Leadership Adds to Panic

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Lack of Confidence in US Leadership Adds to Coronavirus Panic
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by Tony Walker for The Conversation

When the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to the bone this week, this represented the most decisive action taken so far to forestall recession caused by a global health crisis.

The US central bank’s dramatic intervention is an acknowledgement that a health pandemic risks the most severe downturn in the global economy since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09.

But the question should be asked: why it is being left to the Fed to do the heavy lifting in response to a global health emergency that risks morphing into an economic crisis?

What sort of leadership is the White House providing globally?

Why, indeed, has the US president not convened a meeting of G20 leaders, or officials, to coordinate a global response to the pandemic itself and to risks of a severe economic retrenchment?

The short answer is that American leadership has been conflicted.

President Donald Trump’s initial response to the emergence of the COVID-19 contagion in China was to play down its likely effects.

At one point Trump referred to reports of an emerging pandemic as a “hoax” designed to harm his presidency.His media allies attacked those who sought to raise the alarm.

Valuable time has been squandered in forging a global response to a global health emergency and now economic crisis-in-the-making.

Winston Churchill has had attributed to him what may be an apocryphal quote. This is that America always does the right thing once it has exhausted other possibilities.

In the age of Trump, it would take a leap of faith to assume American leadership will provide the sort of guidance the world has come to expect, even take for granted.

America may, as Churchill observed, step up, but precious time has been lost.

Various world leaders, including Australia’s Scott Morrison, have begun calling for an emergency G20 session to respond to the risks of a much more severe slowdown than had seemed likely as recently as late February.

At a G20 gathering in Riyadh, finance ministers and heads of central banks resolved to monitor risks to the global economy.

Surprisingly, these officials did not come forward with a plan beyond an agreement to take “further action” if global growth slowed more sharply than the International Monetary Fund anticipated.

In a presentation, the IMF predicted the pandemic would shave a modest 0.1% off global growth. Growth would pick up in the latter half of the year and into 2021.

Depending on the longevity of the COVID-19 crisis, that expectation now appears far-fetched and even laughable. China’s growth has been revised down sharply in the latest IMF assessments.

In view of what has transpired in the three weeks since the Riyadh meeting it is clear the IMF significantly understated the economic consequences of a mushrooming health emergency.

Riyadh participants, who included US Treasury Steven Mnuchin, would certainly not have anticipated the sort of dramatic action taken overnight by the Federal Reserve.

Nor would they have expected the speed with which coronavirus has spread across the globe.

The Fed reduced its benchmark interest rate to a range of 0-0.25%. This is effectively a zero rate of interest, trending towards negative interest rates. This is not a vote of confidence in the durability of the American economy, or in the resilience of the global system.

The central bank’s loosening of the spigots in the purchases of billions of dollars of Treasury securities and mortgage-backed debt – so-called quantitative easing – is designed to throw a lifeline to a sputtering economy.

The last thing America needs is another mortgage-backed securities meltdown. This is what brought on the GFC.

None of this reflects a great deal of confidence in the ability of the American and global economies to withstand the twin shocks of a health emergency and a global economy made vulnerable by an overdependence on Chinese growth.

As a growth engine, China had been pumping up global growth, but the air is going out of those tyres. Irrespective of how long the COVID-19 crisis lasts, we will enter a new phase in which Chinese growth will be tempered.

In the meantime, the world finds itself at its most precarious moment since the GFC. The health emergency might be brought under control without lasting damage to the global economy. Global growth might be restored to an extent.

However, what remains in question is whether an American administration led by an avowed populist who has eschewed a global leadership role will become the champion of a much-needed multilateral response to a health and economic crisis.

When the GFC hit, America stepped up. Then Treasury Secretary Henry Paulsen guided an American response. The G20 played its part.

Lack of confidence in American leadership is not least of the contributing factors to a global sense of panic. The Federal Reserve has done its best. It might not be enough.


Tony Walker is an Adjunct Professor, School of Communications at La Trobe University.

The Conversation publishes knowledge-based journalism that is responsible, ethical and supported by evidence from academics and researchers in order to inform public debate with facts, clarity and insight into society’s biggest problems.


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LAPD Hollywood Arrests Serial Identity Theft Suspect

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HOLLYWOOD — Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Burglary/Theft detectives have announced the arrest of Raj Weaver-Bey of Arleta for Identity Theft and are urging anyone with information about these or other crimes involving the suspect to come forward.

During a relationship with a victim, Weaver-Bey stole her ATM card after obtaining the PIN without the victim’s knowledge.  He then used the card to purchase laptop computers and money orders without the victim’s permission. Weaver-Bey was convicted of a similar crime in Santa Barbara in 2018.  

Raj Weaver-Bey

Detectives arrested Weaver-Bey on April 9, 2020.  When he was detained, Weaver-Bey had two ATM cards and several fraudulent checks.  Both owners of the cards told detectives they had recently been the victims of identity theft and theft by use of access card. One of the victims further stated an unknown suspect had deposited fake checks into her account and immediately withdrew cash before the checks cleared, causing a negative account balance.

Anyone with information is urged to call Hollywood Burglary Detective Brian Richardson at (213) 972-2929 or email him at 36402@lapd.online.  During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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‘Safer at Home’ Extended to May 15, Face Covers Required in Public

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Barbara Ferrer

LOS ANGELES — Today, Los Angeles County issued a new Health Officer Order to extend the stipulation in the previous Health Officer Order through May 15, 2020. The Order also requires essential businesses to provide a cloth face covering for all of their employees to wear while performing duties that involve contact with other employees and or the public and to post their physical distancing plans.

“Recent data modeling done in partnership with the Department of Health Services and UCLA suggests that our collective distancing efforts are working and that we must continue to stay home whenever possible,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “The updated Health Officer Order extends ‘Safer at Home’ through May 15, and enhances measures that will protect employees who are working in essential services.”

The public is also required to wear a face covering to enter essential businesses.  All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit remain prohibited.  Beaches, trails and trailheads and non-essential businesses remain closed. It is critical that everyone continue to take these actions to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Order allows essential businesses to implement the new measures by April 15.

“Our community is embracing Safer at Home orders and is doing everything it can to flatten the curve,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “The revised order from LA County extends the stay-at-home timeline to mid May. Even though that seems like a long time – because I think it’s already April 97th – I want to encourage everyone in West Hollywood and say loud-and-clear: we can do this and we must stick with it. Humor and creativity will help: let’s all take a fashion challenge and ‘Cover That Face!’ with our fabulous homemade bandanas and scarves and we’ll each be doing our part to help protect ourselves and one another. Together we will defeat the coronavirus.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also on Friday confirmed 18 new deaths and 475 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Over the last 48 hours, there have been 900 new cases. Ten people who died were over the age of 65; seven people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and one person between the ages of 18 to 40 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death by the City of Pasadena.

There have been 101 confirmed cases confirmed in West Hollywood

To date, Public Health has identified 8,430 cases across all areas of LA County, including 241 deaths.  Upon further investigation, 22 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 2,043 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (24% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA county, with almost 40,700 individuals tested and 15% of people testing positive.

DHS also released its COVID-19 Hospital Demand Modeling Projections showing that physical distancing is slowing the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the county. The projections indicate that if current levels of physical distancing are not maintained, there will be an exponential rapid increase in the rate of infection, severely hampering the ability of the hospital system to meet that demand.

The insights from this modeling effort in large part informed the County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Health’s decision to extend the ‘Safer at Home’ order until May 15, 2020.

“Physical distancing has ‘flattened the curve’ by slowing the rate of transmission of the virus.  Because of this, our healthcare system is able to meet the demand for treatment for COVID-19 patients, providing quality lifesaving services to all those who need them,” DHS Director Dr. Christina Ghaly said. “However, we need to remember that while, yes, transmission is slowing, we are still on a growth curve, and thus need to maintain the public health interventions in place. Physical distancing is the single biggest action we can take to continue to fight this virus. If we went back to life as normal today, by late summer the vast majority of Los Angeles County residents would likely have experienced infection with the virus, putting excessive strain on the healthcare system.”

The modeling team was tasked with taking available data and making the best possible predictions regarding the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County and associated demand for hospital-based care including hospital beds, intensive care unit (ICU) beds, and ventilators. The team assessed the effectiveness of current physical distancing efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and “flattening the curve.”

The predictive analysis which models the impending surge provides a depiction of the best- and worst-case scenarios for Los Angeles should physical distancing efforts continue and to what degree. The model projects that if we reverted to pre-order physical distancing behavior now, by August 1, 95.6% of Los Angeles County residents will likely have been infected over the course of the pandemic. Under this worst-case scenario, Los Angeles County would face an infection rate at such magnitude that the healthcare system would not be able to treat patients who need hospitalization, underscoring the need to continue to maintain current levels of physical distancing.

Total Cases*
Laboratory Confirmed Cases 8430
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)8020
— Long Beach303
— Pasadena107
Deaths241
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)228
— Long Beach8
— Pasadena5
Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  0 to 1784
–  18 to 402617
–  41 to 653561
–  over 651730
–  Under Investigation28
Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  Male4013
–  Female3768
–  Other2
–  Under Investigation237
Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  Asian526
–  Black429
–  Hispanic/Latino1621
–  White1292
–  Other655
–  Under Investigation3497
Hospitalization (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  Hospitalized (Ever)2043
Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  Asian38
–  Black26
–  Hispanic/Latino51
–  White54
–  Other7
–  Under Investigation52
CITY / COMMUNITY** Rate***
City of Agoura Hills2095.77
City of Alhambra3236.9
City of Arcadia1932.9
City of Artesia
City of Avalon00
City of Azusa1835.97
City of Baldwin Park1823.45
City of Bell3596.33
City of Bell Gardens2353.4
City of Bellflower4861.75
City of Beverly Hills71205.68
City of Bradbury00
City of Burbank9689.57
City of Calabasas2394.56
City of Carson113120.41
City of Cerritos3059.92
City of Claremont1027.41
City of Commerce
City of Compton5454.05
City of Covina3571.38
City of Cudahy2082.15
City of Culver City3177.76
City of Diamond Bar1831.3
City of Downey9482.27
City of Duarte836.34
City of El Monte2622.17
City of El Segundo1059.57
City of Gardena5386.45
City of Glendale218105.57
City of Glendora1834.11
City of Hawaiian Gardens
City of Hawthorne6472.08
City of Hermosa Beach1786.43
City of Hidden Hills00
City of Huntington Park3965.56
City of Industry
City of Inglewood10592.44
City of Irwindale00
City of La Canada Flintridge1782.15
City of La Habra Heights
City of La Mirada2142.34
City of La Puente1844.23
City of La Verne824.04
City of Lakewood4049.77
City of Lancaster7948.9
City of Lawndale2471.4
City of Lomita1886.83
City of Lynwood6488.83
City of Malibu14108.02
City of Manhattan Beach53147.23
City of Maywood2589.13
City of Monrovia1230.93
City of Montebello4671.46
City of Monterey Park2946.58
City of Norwalk6964.11
City of Palmdale8855.36
City of Palos Verdes Estates32236.65
City of Paramount3664.26
City of Pico Rivera5280.89
City of Pomona4528.86
City of Rancho Palos Verdes3684.22
City of Redondo Beach81117.91
City of Rolling Hills
City of Rolling Hills Estates9110.93
City of Rosemead1221.68
City of San Dimas1749.25
City of San Fernando1873.14
City of San Gabriel1331.74
City of San Marino537.66
City of Santa Clarita13058.98
City of Santa Fe Springs527.23
City of Santa Monica8895.19
City of Sierra Madre
City of Signal Hill
City of South El Monte
City of South Gate8889.65
City of South Pasadena1246.06
City of Temple City1130.17
City of Torrance12583.74
City of Vernon00
City of Walnut1239.3
City of West Covina2624.02
City of West Hollywood101273.33
City of Westlake Village671.77
City of Whittier4450.32
Los Angeles378793.63
Los Angeles – Adams-Normandie15182.88
Los Angeles – Alsace540.18
Los Angeles – Angeles National Forest00
Los Angeles – Angelino Heights
Los Angeles – Arleta2366.92
Los Angeles – Atwater Village854.55
Los Angeles – Baldwin Hills2889.96
Los Angeles – Bel Air21249.14
Los Angeles – Beverly Crest26207.58
Los Angeles – Beverlywood19144.23
Los Angeles – Boyle Heights5361
Los Angeles – Brentwood53171.22
Los Angeles – Brookside00
Los Angeles – Cadillac-Corning
Los Angeles – Canoga Park6396.49
Los Angeles – Carthay28194.95
Los Angeles – Central3692.33
Los Angeles – Century City24187.62
Los Angeles – Century Palms/Cove2677
Los Angeles – Chatsworth3594.44
Los Angeles – Cheviot Hills11119.94
Los Angeles – Chinatown
Los Angeles – Cloverdale/Cochran1175.59
Los Angeles – Country Club Park21138.59
Los Angeles – Crenshaw District1394.01
Los Angeles – Crestview35307.88
Los Angeles – Del Rey31103.55
Los Angeles – Downtown2487.25
Los Angeles – Eagle Rock3485.88
Los Angeles – East Hollywood37126.34
Los Angeles – Echo Park1070.15
Los Angeles – El Sereno3583.72
Los Angeles – Elysian Park587.54
Los Angeles – Elysian Valley878.65
Los Angeles – Encino49108.47
Los Angeles – Exposition00
Los Angeles – Exposition Park4395.73
Los Angeles – Faircrest Heights
Los Angeles – Figueroa Park Square780.27
Los Angeles – Florence-Firestone4288.52
Los Angeles – Glassell Park52164.54
Los Angeles – Gramercy Place874.32
Los Angeles – Granada Hills4272.18
Los Angeles – Green Meadows1465.1
Los Angeles – Hancock Park45264.1
Los Angeles – Harbor City2379.12
Los Angeles – Harbor Gateway3068.81
Los Angeles – Harbor Pines00
Los Angeles – Harvard Heights1688.72
Los Angeles – Harvard Park2463.27
Los Angeles – Highland Park2755.8
Los Angeles – Historic Filipinotown19136.99
Los Angeles – Hollywood110161.16
Los Angeles – Hollywood Hills46156.28
Los Angeles – Hyde Park1656.06
Los Angeles – Jefferson Park
Los Angeles – Koreatown4790.92
Los Angeles – Lafayette Square6131.61
Los Angeles – Lake Balboa3173.45
Los Angeles – Lakeview Terrace16121.83
Los Angeles – Leimert Park23150.97
Los Angeles – Lincoln Heights1546.02
Los Angeles – Little Armenia29361.37
Los Angeles – Little Bangladesh2898.79
Los Angeles – Little Tokyo
Los Angeles – Longwood
Los Angeles – Los Feliz2197.19
Los Angeles – Manchester Square
Los Angeles – Mandeville Canyon
Los Angeles – Mar Vista3480.05
Los Angeles – Marina Peninsula8183.49
Los Angeles – Melrose192247.12
Los Angeles – Mid-city23153.03
Los Angeles – Miracle Mile19105.64
Los Angeles – Mission Hills1666.32
Los Angeles – Mt. Washington1249.7
Los Angeles – North Hills3963.34
Los Angeles – North Hollywood11374.63
Los Angeles – Northridge3753.01
Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades31145.6
Los Angeles – Pacoima4963.65
Los Angeles – Palisades Highlands
Los Angeles – Palms62141.3
Los Angeles – Panorama City5877.08
Los Angeles – Park La Brea966.27
Los Angeles – Pico-Union47112.33
Los Angeles – Playa Del Rey
Los Angeles – Playa Vista1091.35
Los Angeles – Porter Ranch2878.68
Los Angeles – Rancho Park9137.2
Los Angeles – Regent Square
Los Angeles – Reseda6280.92
Los Angeles – Reseda Ranch7150.99
Los Angeles – Reynier Village5118.26
Los Angeles – San Pedro3949.98
Los Angeles – Shadow Hills7157.59
Los Angeles – Sherman Oaks7282.52
Los Angeles – Silverlake71161.06
Los Angeles – South Carthay20188.77
Los Angeles – South Park3694.83
Los Angeles – St Elmo Village
Los Angeles – Studio City2298.04
Los Angeles – Sun Valley2853.35
Los Angeles – Sunland30147
Los Angeles – Sycamore Square00
Los Angeles – Sylmar91110.44
Los Angeles – Tarzana44142.51
Los Angeles – Temple-Beaudry48121.57
Los Angeles – Thai Town991.75
Los Angeles – Toluca Lake780.42
Los Angeles – Toluca Terrace00
Los Angeles – Toluca Woods
Los Angeles – Tujunga1553.94
Los Angeles – University Hills00
Los Angeles – University Park2487.41
Los Angeles – Valley Glen31103.28
Los Angeles – Valley Village33133.5
Los Angeles – Van Nuys7378.33
Los Angeles – Venice34100.34
Los Angeles – Vermont Knolls1693.02
Los Angeles – Vermont Square14182.84
Los Angeles – Vermont Vista2150.99
Los Angeles – Vernon Central3567.31
Los Angeles – Victoria Park17202.41
Los Angeles – View Heights
Los Angeles – Watts2456.24
Los Angeles – Wellington Square
Los Angeles – West Adams34123.05
Los Angeles – West Hills2151.79
Los Angeles – West Los Angeles3490.34
Los Angeles – West Vernon5398.8
Los Angeles – Westchester3160.07
Los Angeles – Westlake4880.87
Los Angeles – Westwood3360.99
Los Angeles – Wholesale District1747.05
Los Angeles – Wilmington2849.57
Los Angeles – Wilshire Center4079.73
Los Angeles – Winnetka4383.03
Los Angeles – Woodland Hills6291.1
Unincorporated – Acton562.73
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce
Unincorporated – Altadena3477.95
Unincorporated – Anaverde00
Unincorporated – Angeles National Forest00
Unincorporated – Arcadia
Unincorporated – Athens-Westmont3480.11
Unincorporated – Athens Village5102.1
Unincorporated – Avocado Heights
Unincorporated – Azusa
Unincorporated – Bandini Islands00
Unincorporated – Bassett
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon
Unincorporated – Bradbury00
Unincorporated – Canyon Country12155.28
Unincorporated – Castaic829.42
Unincorporated – Cerritos00
Unincorporated – Charter Oak00
Unincorporated – Claremont00
Unincorporated – Covina1271.35
Unincorporated – Covina (Charter Oak)645.65
Unincorporated – Del Aire5113.82
Unincorporated – Del Rey00
Unincorporated – Del Sur00
Unincorporated – Desert View Highlands
Unincorporated – Duarte00
Unincorporated – East Covina00
Unincorporated – East La Mirada
Unincorporated – East Lancaster00
Unincorporated – East Los Angeles7559.87
Unincorporated – East Pasadena00
Unincorporated – East Rancho Dominguez958.79
Unincorporated – East Whittier
Unincorporated – El Camino Village
Unincorporated – El Monte00
Unincorporated – Elizabeth Lake00
Unincorporated – Florence-Firestone5788.09
Unincorporated – Franklin Canyon00
Unincorporated – Glendora00
Unincorporated – Hacienda Heights2748.28
Unincorporated – Harbor Gateway00
Unincorporated – Hawthorne
Unincorporated – Hi Vista00
Unincorporated – Kagel/Lopez Canyons00
Unincorporated – La Crescenta-Montrose1050.5
Unincorporated – La Habra Heights00
Unincorporated – La Rambla
Unincorporated – La Verne
Unincorporated – Ladera Heights12169.71
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes00
Unincorporated – Lake Los Angeles
Unincorporated – Lake Manor
Unincorporated – Lakewood00
Unincorporated – Lennox1879.85
Unincorporated – Leona Valley00
Unincorporated – Littlerock00
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Juniper Hills
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Pearblossom
Unincorporated – Llano00
Unincorporated – Lynwood00
Unincorporated – Marina del Rey663.76
Unincorporated – Miracle Mile00
Unincorporated – Monrovia5128.83
Unincorporated – Newhall00
Unincorporated – North Lancaster00
Unincorporated – North Whittier
Unincorporated – Northeast San Gabriel624.96
Unincorporated – Palmdale00
Unincorporated – Palos Verdes Peninsula00
Unincorporated – Pearblossom/Llano00
Unincorporated – Pellissier Village00
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon00
Unincorporated – Pomona00
Unincorporated – Quartz Hill
Unincorporated – Rancho Dominguez5187.9
Unincorporated – Roosevelt00
Unincorporated – Rosewood
Unincorporated – Rosewood/East Gardena00
Unincorporated – Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez
Unincorporated – Rowland Heights1325.48
Unincorporated – San Clemente Island00
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon00
Unincorporated – San Jose Hills
Unincorporated – San Pasqual00
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon00
Unincorporated – Santa Catalina Island
Unincorporated – Santa Monica Mountains526.85
Unincorporated – Saugus
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country00
Unincorporated – South Antelope Valley00
Unincorporated – South Edwards00
Unincorporated – South El Monte00
Unincorporated – South San Gabriel779.11
Unincorporated – South Whittier2542.21
Unincorporated – Southeast Antelope Valley00
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch1152.47
Unincorporated – Sun Village
Unincorporated – Sunrise Village
Unincorporated – Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain
Unincorporated – Universal City00
Unincorporated – Val Verde00
Unincorporated – Valencia
Unincorporated – Valinda834.23
Unincorporated – View Park/Windsor Hills14120.33
Unincorporated – Walnut00
Unincorporated – Walnut Park18111.5
Unincorporated – West Antelope Valley
Unincorporated – West Carson28126.78
Unincorporated – West Chatsworth00
Unincorporated – West LA
Unincorporated – West Puente Valley661.01
Unincorporated – West Rancho Dominguez
Unincorporated – West Whittier/Los Nietos1037.14
Unincorporated – Westfield/Academy Hills00
Unincorporated – Westhills00
Unincorporated – White Fence Farms00
Unincorporated – Whittier
Unincorporated – Whittier Narrows00
Unincorporated – Willowbrook2057.29
Unincorporated – Wiseburn
–  Under Investigation628 

  *These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. Twenty-two previously reported cases and two deaths were not in Public Health’s jurisdiction

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

 ***Rate is crude and is per 100,000.

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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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