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Glendale’s coronavirus cases shoot up to 29, more than doubling in 48 hours

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Glendale’s confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus are rising rapidly, mirroring a county trend. The city now has 29 cases, with at least 1,465 cases throughout L.A. County.
(Raul Roa / Glendale News-Press )

Update: Glendale now has 29 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, up from 12 reported on Wednesday, according to a report released on Friday by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. There are now roughly 1,465 cases in the county, and 26 deaths tied to the virus. Burbank now has seven cases.

The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Glendale jumped to 23 on Thursday, nearly doubling over 24 hours, according to a report by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

On Wednesday, the city had 12 confirmed cases.

Cases across the county surged, with 421 new cases reported since Wednesday. There are now at least 1,216 cases in the county. Neighboring Burbank has six cases, doubling since the report on Wednesday. Pasadena has nine cases and La Cañada Flintridge has six.

On Monday, Glendale saw its first death tied to the virus that causes COVID-19. The patient was over 65 years old and had underlying health conditions, according to county health officials.

There have been a total of 21 deaths related to the virus in the county, with nine additional fatalities reported since Wednesday.

On the morning of March 16, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale reported the city’s first confirmed case of the virus.

Hours later, the city declared a state of emergency and has been rolling out increasingly stringent social-distancing measures intended to slow the spread of the virus. On Tuesday, Glendale extended its state of emergency to the end of April.

Nonessential retail businesses have closed and residents are allowed to leave their homes for essential needs only, such as grocery shopping and health appointments.

“I still don’t think people are taking this seriously enough,” Mayor Ara Najarian said just before the most recent report from county officials was released.

The city is weighing further limits on public gathering, he said.

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