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La Cañada sees steady increase in coronavirus patients as confirmed cases jump to 35

Healthcare workers thank police and fire personnel who came to show their appreciation for USC Verdugo Hills Hospital employees, Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
(Raul Roa/La Cañada Valley Sun)

Even as Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed to Californians widespread coronavirus testing and increased tracking across California could bring residents closer to the easing of shelter-in-place restrictions, the number of confirmed cases reported in La Cañada Flintridge Wednesday jumped to 35.

That figure represents a steady increase from the 23 cases issued April 15 by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department and increases the city’s infection rate to 169 in 100,000 residents.

The number of novel coronavirus cases reported for unincorporated La Crescenta/Montrose increased to 13, up from 11 last week, representing a rate of nearly 65 people out of 100,000.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital — where first responders from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station and Glendale Police and Fire departments saluted healthcare workers last week in an outdoor rally — reported as of Wednesday 10 patients testing positive for the novel coronavirus were being treated at the facility.

Members of the L.A. City Fire Department show their appreciation for healthcare workers at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in an outdoor rally, Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
Members of the L.A. City Fire Department show their appreciation for healthcare workers at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in an outdoor rally, Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
(Raul Roa/La Cañada Valley Sun)

Another 40 had been sent home and 28 were transferred to other facilities, according to an online dashboard maintained by hospital officials. A total of 13 patients had been tested with results still pending, while six had been sent home to await their results.

Hospital chief executive Keith Hobbs expressed in a note to the community Wednesday his gratitude for the many signs of support shown to healthcare workers during the pandemic and, more importantly, the sacrifices being made by residents staying at home to flatten the coronavirus infection curve.

“These actions are truly humbling,” Hobbs said in a statement. “They are big sacrifices you are making, and they are not lost on us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and thank you on behalf of the most vulnerable.”

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