Local case count: 54

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This public domain illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. In this view, the protein particles E, S and M, also located on the outer surface of the particle, have all been labeled as well. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Artwork by Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM

As of Friday, April 17, there were 54 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Paramount, according to the Los Angeles County Health Department Coronavirus website.

 

Countywide, there were 11,391confirmed cases and 495 deaths.

The city of Long Beach reported 18 cases as of the same date.

This week, the Los Angeles County stay-at-home order was extended to May 15.

“The public is also required to wear a face covering to enter essential businesses,” according to the city of Paramount website. “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.”

According to an LA County Public Health Department statement, “Eighty-seven percent of people who died had underlying healthconditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 425 people (92percent of the cases); 34% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 29% among White residents,18% among Asian residents, 16% among African American residents, and 3% among residentsidentifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 30 cases reported earlier were not LA Countyresidents. As of today, 3,014 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (26% of positive cases) havebeen hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LACounty, with testing results available for over 74,000 individuals and 14% of people testing positive.