Tracking the coronavirus in Los Angeles County

Tracking the coronavirus in Los Angeles County

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On the governor’s watch list
  • Failure to meet state benchmarks has put Los Angeles County on the governor’s watchlist, which can result in increased oversight and additional closures to combat the virus.
  • Over the past two weeks, the county has recorded 34,546 new cases, failing the standard for disease transmission.
  • The number of hospitalizations has been steady. There are now 1,992 patients with a confirmed or suspected case.

Note to readers

Technical problems are hampering the count. The state's top public health official said the data system used to process test results is marred with technical issues. Officials warn that this week's numbers are likely an undercount.

The latest trends

The L.A. County Department of Public Health announces new cases and deaths each day, as do the independent agencies governing Long Beach and Pasadena. Not all of the agencies provide a tally of how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

Though bottlenecks in testing and reporting lags can introduce delays, the latest numbers appear here as soon as all three agencies have reported.

Cumulative cases by day

Over the past week, the county has averaged 2,381 new cases and 42.3 new deaths per day. The number of confirmed infections is currently doubling every 55.9 days.

New cases by day
Deaths by day
The lines above are seven-day averages. They offer a more stable view of the trend than daily totals. That's why experts wait for lines like these to flatten before they say conditions are improving.

State and local officials are closely watching the latest figures as they weigh when and how to reopen. One metric is whether counties have kept the number of new cases reported over the last 14 days to less than 100 per 100,000 residents.

Los Angeles County currently fails that test. Over the last two weeks, officials have confirmed 34,546 new cases, which amounts to 342 per 100,000.

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Mapping the cases

The county has provided case totals for 340 cities, neighborhoods and unincorporated areas.

Track cases across the state

Explore the latest data statewide by visiting our comprehensive dashboard.

Hospitals and patients

Lockdown measures aim to slow the virus in hope of preventing hospitals from being overrun.

In late July, the Trump administration changed how hospitals must report data. The California Department of Public Health says this has led to an undercount of COVID-related hospitalizations in the state.

To keep tabs on capacity, officials watch out for rapid increases in the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients.

Intensive care and other hospitalized patients
California Department of Public Health

The state asks counties with more than 20 patients to keep recent increases under 10%. Currently, 55 counties are passing the test and 1 are failing. Los Angeles County meets the standard.

There are now 1,524 patients admitted to county hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19, according to the latest figures from the state. Of those, 490 are in an intensive-care unit.

Officials are also closely monitoring the number of unoccupied beds in intensive-care units. There are currently 819 staffed and available beds in Los Angeles County according to the latest government data.

If a county’s available ICU beds falls below 20% of capacity, the area is added to governor’s watchlist. Currently, the state is not evaluating counties against this metric due to problems with data reporting.

Nursing homes

Nursing homes have become a tragic focal point of the coronavirus outbreak. California's Department of Public Health has listed 443 skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities in Los Angeles County that currently have COVID-19 cases.

The state last updated the list on August 9. Officials withhold the precise number where there are 10 or fewer cases. The numbers reflect cumulative counts.

Reopenings and restrictions

County order: Safer at home order until further notice

Face coverings: Following statewide order which requires people to wear face coverings in public place and at essential businesses

Essential retail: Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and post offices, etc. are open

Retail: Retailers reopened with modifications. Shopping malls closed

Restaurants: Indoor dine-in closed, but outdoor dining open and delivery/takeout allowed

Bars: All bars, breweries and pubs closed, unless they offer sit-down outdoor dining. Indoor wineries and tasting rooms closed

Lifestyle: Golf courses, pools, outdoor hair salons, outdoor barbershops, hotels, professional sports without audiences and outdoor nail salons reopened

Parks: Most county parks, trails, campgrounds and RV parks reopened

Beaches: Open with modifications

Schools: Most K-12 schools are distance learning

Government: Open only for essential functions

Houses of worship: All houses of worship closed indoors

Gatherings: Only allowed with members of your household

What's open in every county

We're tracking what's open, closed and restricted throughout the state in ten different categories, including parks, retail, restaurants and more. Find out what's open where you live.