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What We Can Learn From Declining Teen Self-Harm Rates in Denmark

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Teen self-harm: rates have dramatically decreased in Denmark – here’s what other countries can learn

by Sarah Steeg for The Conversation

DENMARK — Having better access to mental health support could be one reason for lower self-harm rates among Danish teens. Concern has been growing over rising rates of self-harm in teenagers.

In the UK and Ireland, increases began around the time of the 2008 economic crash and show no sign of slowing . One study of the UK found rates among teenage girls rose by two-thirds between 2011 and 2014.

But some surprising new findings suggest that stress caused by recession and financial uncertainty does not necessarily lead to rises in suicidal behavior. My colleagues and I examined rates of teenagers treated in hospital for self-harm in Denmark. Contrary to expectations, we found that rates of self-harm in Danish teenagers actually fell between 2008 and 2016.

Although Denmark experienced an economic recession, why didn’t rates of self-harm among teenagers see a similar spike as in other countries?

Our study analysed Danish national patient registers, which contain data on individuals treated in hospitals and outpatient departments in Denmark. Such population-level registers are unique to Scandinavian countries. The registers allowed us to look at the numbers of young people attending hospital or outpatient clinics after having self-harmed and compare them against all teenagers of the same age in Denmark.

We found that the rates of self-harm in young people living in Denmark aged between ten and 19 decreased each year between 2008 and 2016. The rate decreased by more than 40% from the beginning to the end of the study period. This pattern was seen in younger and older teenagers and in both girls and boys.

It has long been accepted that economic recession is associated with increases in suicide rates. Suicidal behavior is undoubtedly a highly personal experience, but the way that society can influence it has been recognised as early as the late 19th century. Following the most recent global recession in 2008, increased rates of suicide and self-harm were seen across Europe and North America.

In Ireland, rates of self-harm among teenagers increased by 22% between 2007 and 2016. In the UK, the government’s response to the recession was to impose austerity measures. This resulted in cuts to government spending on healthcare, unemployment benefits and social services, all of which have a proven negative impact on mental health and well-being.

But free universal healthcare, widespread access to unemployment programs and increased welfare spending during recession can soften the blow of financial hardship. In line with findings from the UK, we found that the highest rates of self-harm were among teenagers from the poorest households.

But our research found that, even for these teenagers, rates fell between 2008 and 2016. While we can only speculate about the causes of the fall in rates, Denmark appears to have protected its most vulnerable young people from rises experienced by other countries.

Of course, adolescents will be affected by economic recession – but, being less directly affected by the job market, they’re unlikely to experience it in the same way as adults. However, there are a number of other factors that are likely to exacerbate self-harming behaviors, such as pressure at school, difficulties at home, or mental health issues such as depression or anxiety – but certain measures can also protect teenagers’ mental health, which may be especially important during economic upheaval when populations are more vulnerable.

Social media pressures

While social media pressure may be particularly intense for teenagers, frequently voiced concerns that it might cause harm to mental health and well-being may be overstated. One study found that most social media content concerning self-harm was positive.

The study found that social media was mostly used as a platform to process difficult emotions creatively and share stories of recovery – rather than to promote self-harming behaviors. Social media also has the potential to increase awareness about seeking help for mental health problems – but this would only reduce self-harm rates if mental health support was available and accessible for young people.

Social media might actually provide much-needed support for teens. Grzegorz Placzek/ Shutterstock

More availability and better access to mental health support might be one reason for lower rates of self-harm in Denmark. Since 2007, suicide prevention clinics have been offering psychosocial therapy across Denmark for people at risk of suicide. The program was introduced gradually from 1992 and expanded to cover the whole country. These clinics have been found to have positive effects on reducing self-harm and suicide.

Yet, in many parts of the world, adolescents struggle to access mental health services. Evidence from the UK shows that teenagers from the most deprived neighborhoods are more likely to self-harm yet are less likely to receive mental health treatment.

Denmark has also taken steps to regulate sales of common painkillers to under-18s. In many parts of the world, including the UK, there’s been a sharp rise in the number of young adults who have overdosed on painkillers and antidepressants. Tougher regulations of these common painkillers might help to delay access – and research has shown that even a small delay in accessing a suicide method can be enough to halt the act.

Having access to health and welfare services, alongside good social connections within societies, can help reduce the prevalence of self-harm – especially during difficult economic times. Places that young people spend time in – such as schools, colleges, universities and health services – can also offer opportunities for social connection.

Social media that encourages social connections could also help young people build more resilience and better manage uncertainties such as a poor job market and financial insecurity. Better funding for mental health services may also be able to help protect younger populations from the harmful effects of economic turmoil and other stresses.

Sarah Steeg is a Presidential Research Fellow at the University of Manchester .

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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
Los Angeles – Bel Air9
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
Los Angeles – Elysian Valley
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
Los Angeles – View Heights
Los Angeles – Watts2
Los Angeles – Wellington Square0
Los Angeles – West Adams7
Los Angeles – West Hills6
Los Angeles – West Los Angeles18
Los Angeles – West Vernon8
Los Angeles – Westchester17
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
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 Angeles9
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 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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