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Last update 7/10/20

How many cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are in the United States and locally?

United States

The total population of the U.S. is 328,200,000 people. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. currently is 3,106,931 with 132,855 deaths. That means that less than 1% of the population have or had confirmed COVID-19. New cases in most areas of the U.S. remain lower than peaks seen in March and April for the week ending July 4, however, three regions (South East, South Central and South West/Coast) are reporting higher levels of visits and/or positive tests. The holiday week may have impacted testing and reporting. The death rate has continued to decrease for the 11th consecutive week nationally. For those with COVID-19 nationally, the death rate is about 4.27%. The CDC reports that among adults, 8 out of 10 deaths have been 65 years of age and older. People at any age may be at greater risk if they have serious underlying medical conditions.* To date, there have been 40,787,857 COVID-19 tests conducted in the U.S.

The rate of hospitalization continues to be highest for people 65 years of age and older. Also, a CDC study shows that of 3,734 adults hospitalized due to COVID-19 across the United States, 91.7% had at least one reported underlying medical condition. The most commonly reported were:

  • hypertension
  • obesity
  • chronic metabolic disease
  • cardiovascular disease

Los Angeles County

The total population in Los Angeles County is 10,040,000 people. Currently, in Los Angeles County, the total number of confirmed cases is 127,358 (with 3,738 deaths.) That means that over 1% of the local population has or had confirmed cases of COVID-19. The number of cases had been declining and/or leveling off but have started to increase. The death rate continues to decline. As of July 10, the death rate is now at 2.9%, which is lower than the national average.

To date, nearly 1,269,000 individuals have been tested for the virus across Los Angeles County. 9% have tested positive. The 3-day average number of hospitalizations overall was decreasing but has begun to turn and is steadily increasing now. 93% of all patients who have died had underlying medical conditions. Death by ethnicity is: 46% Latinx, 26% White/Caucasian, 16% Asian, 11% African American, less than 1% Native American/Pacific Islander, and 1% Other Races.

The confirmed cases by age are in the chart below.

*An interactive map on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the United States is updated Monday through Friday.

**Information about our area is updated daily on the Los Angeles County Deparment of Public Health (LACDPH) website.


What is community spread? Is the virus still spreading in the U.S.?

New cases in most areas of the U.S. remain lower than peaks seen in March and April for the week ending July 4, however three regions (South East, South Central and South West/Coast) are reporting higher levels of visits and/or positive tests. The death rate is continuing to decline nationally. Visits to outpatient providers and emergency departments (EDs) for illnesses with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are below baseline nationally.

Community spread happens when people have been infected with the virus in a community, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected, and have not traveled to countries where the virus has been circulating. It is now believed that there may be a significant number of people infected with COVID-19 who do not show symptoms and may spread the virus to others. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response. All 50 states have reported COVID-19 cases, with most having reported widespread community spread.


Has the curve flattened in LA County?

As of June 28, officials announced that the rate of cases had started to increase after weeks of flattening in Los Angeles County, indicating that the COVID-19 pandemic is still present. The increase in cases has been attributed to the reopening of bars, restaurants, and other businesses. According to LA County guidance, all residents, business owners and employees must continue to observe and practice all COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.


Is social distancing still needed? Has the Stay at Home Order been lifted?

As of July 2, Los Angeles officials have continued the process of Stage 2 and some Stage 3 reopenings of non-essential businesses with social distancing and specific infection control protocols. These include grocery stores; indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers at 50% capacity; drive-in restaurants; restaurants with outdoor seating and pick-up; hair salons/barbershops, nail salons, tanning salons, skin care and tatoo parlors at 50% capacity; places of worship at 25% capacity; and libraries for curbside pickup. It also includes hotels and short term rentals with safeguards. Also open are office-based businesses when teleworking is not possible, such as realtors. Outdoor parks, recreational, and workout facilities are also open including gyms/fitness studios, golf courses, trails, parks, day camps, and camping parks. Film/TV/music productions can resume. Non-medical face coverings and social distancing are required.

As of June 28, due to a recent uptick in cases, the state and County have ordered all bars, breweries, brew pubs, wineries and tasting rooms to close. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants.

As of July 2, the following remain closed or have been ordered closed again: indoor seating in restaurants; all public entertainment venues including museums, galleries, zoos, aquariums, movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert venues, theme parks, festivals, and racetracks; family entertainment centers such as bowling alleys, arcades, miniature golf and batting cages; indoor and outdoor playgrounds except those at school or childcare centers; public hot tubs and saunas; beaches and beach parking lots. All travel has been banned by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, car or public transit unless the individual is engaged in an essential or recreational activity.

Additional information is in the latest City of Los Angeles Public Order update and on the LA County Roadmap to Recovery page.

Social distancing is still needed. Residents should continue to practice social distancing (staying 6 feet away from people who don't live with you), wash hands frequently, and wear a face covering when leaving your home. The Los Angeles Safer at Home Order is slowly being lifted but residents are still ordered to not visit friends and family without an urgent need, and to not visit patients in hospitals, nursing homes and residential care facilities. Most people are also still ordered to not go to their places of employment (certain jobs are exempt).

Recommendations to help protect yourself and prevent the spread are on our COVID-19 FAQs page.


What are the symptoms, testing, and treatment options for someone who has COVID-19?

Symptoms usually appear gradually 2 to 14 days after exposure. Some people have had only mild symptoms while others have become severely ill. As of May 13, the CDC's revised list of symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of smell and taste, and congestion or runny nose. Some patients may have digestive issues such as loss of appetite or diarrhea. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face. This list is not all possible symptoms. If you have these or other symptoms that are severe or concern you, you should get medical attention immediately.

The City of Los Angeles is providing free COVID-19 testing to all Los Angeles County residents, whether or not you are experiencing symptoms. Priority is given to people with symptoms. For more information visit the City of Los Angeles COVID-19 Testing page.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. There is no specific treatment for illnesses caused by COVID-19 however many of the symptoms can be treated. Generally, it depends on the severity of the case and the patient's medical condition and history.

More information about what you should do if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms is on our COVID-19 FAQs page.


When will a COVID-19 patient be isolated or quarantined?

Public health actions that are used to limit the spread of the virus include isolation and quarantine. Isolation is used when a person is sick with COVID-19 and is isolated from other people in their own homes. In more severe cases a sick patient will be isolated in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, away from other patients. In most cases isolation is voluntary, but health officials have the power to require isolation of sick people to protect the public's health.

When a person is quarantined they are separated from others because they have tested positive for the virus but are not sick. Even though they are not sick at the moment, if they were exposed to the disease, they may still become infectious and spread the disease to others.

Evidence suggests that it may take longer for the virus to shed, which means an infected person be able to infect other people over a longer period of time than was initially thought. On May 8, the CDC updated their guidance on how long people who are positive or presumed positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate. Visit the CDC website for more information.


Where can the public get up-to-date information?

Please check our main COVID-19 portal page which will be regularly updated with the latest information from Valley Presbyterian Hospital, including links to event and class cancellations as well as messages from our CEO.

Our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page provides answers to many questions such as how to prevent the COVID-19 virus and what to do if you think you have it.

Our Resources page has links to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, City of Los Angeles, and World Health Organization for up-to-date information locally, nationally and worldwide.



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