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Claremont's cases continue to rise

Claremont’s confirmed cases continue to rise even though the city’s only institutional outbreak seems to have leveled off.

A news release from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Monday reported that Claremont now has 85 coronavirus cases, an increase of eight over the weekend and 13 in a single week.

The jump in local infections over the past few weeks is partly tied to the continuing outbreak at the Country Villa Claremont Healthcare Center. However, that institution’s cases only increased by one since Friday, with 23 residents and 13 staff testing positive. Two people associated with Country Villa Claremont have died, the same number reported as total deaths in Claremont.

Seven of the eight new cases reported in the past 48 hours are not associated with any known institutional outbreak, however, Claremont Care Center, which is in Pomona adjacent to Claremont, has a small outbreak with one staff member and one resident found to have COVID-19.

Hospitalizations have become the focus of health professionals as they evaluate the virus’ outbreak, and a total of 1,453 people are currently hospitalized in Los Angeles County, with 28 percent in intensive care and 19 percent on ventilators.

Since its first coronavirus report there have been 85,942 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and 3,137 deaths. Ninety-four percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Over 960,000 individuals have been tested with eight percent getting a positive result.

San Bernardino County is reporting 9,361 cases and 234 deaths, while Riverside County reports 13,800 cases and 424 deaths. Unlike Los Angeles County, which has not provided any recovery data, San Bernardino projects that 5,450 of its cases have recovered, while Riverside reports 6,895 recoveries.

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