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Hypertension, diabetes lead underlying conditions in LA County deaths – Press Telegram

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Hypertension, diabetes lead underlying conditions in LA County deaths – Press Telegram

Los Angeles County officials announced 57 new deaths and 1,603 new confirmed cases of coronaviruss Thursday, Aug. 20.  Hypertension and diabetes are the most common underlying health conditions in COVID-19-related deaths, county officials added.

“Neurologic conditions and cardiovascular disease is also common,” the county’s news release stated.

There have been a total of 5,446 deaths and 227,346 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County to date, the release states.

Of those deaths, nearly 3,000 people had hypertension, more than 2,000 had diabetes and 1,300 people had neurologic conditions. Another 1,300 people had cardiovascular disease. Each may also have had multiple conditions.

And although people over 65 years old make up the largest portion of those who died with underlying health conditions, the county release stated, younger people with underlying health conditions can become seriously ill and die from the virus also.

“To the families that are experiencing the sorrow of losing a loved one to COVID-19, I extend my deepest sympathies and wishes for peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health.

She stressed caring for those who have underlying conditions.

“It is important to remember that many people with underlying health conditions go to work, are out shopping for groceries, and enjoy all our beautiful recreational spaces. We can all help protect them from becoming infected by wearing cloth face coverings, distancing and isolating and quarantining when needed,” she said.

The county update did not include new figures for Long Beach and Pasadena, cities that operate their own health departments.

With one new fatality to report, Long Beach attained the grim milestone of the city’s 200th death. Long Beach also reported 83 new cases, bringing its total to 9,878.

Pasadena reported six new cases, bringing its total to 2,260, but added no new deaths to its total of 111.

Of those total countywide deaths so far reported, 24%, or 1,145 people who died with underlying health conditions, were between the ages of 41 and 64 years old and 3%, or 151 people, were between the ages of 18 and 40.

In other statistics reported on Thursday:

  • Of the 57 new deaths, 20 were over 80 years old; 19 people who died were between 65 and 79 and 11 people were between 50 and 64 years old. Three people who died were between 30 and 49 years old.
  • Forty-five people had underlying health conditions including 18 people over the age of 80. Sixteen people between the ages of 65 and 79 also had underlying health conditions, as did nine people between 50 and 64 years old and three people between the ages of 30 and 49.
  •  Hospitalizations appear to have plateaued. There are 1,378 confirmed cases currently hospitalized and 31% of those people are in the ICU.

In some good news, the average length of stay for people who are hospitalized for COVID-19 has shown a steady decline.

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