Los Angeles County public health officials reported 1,177 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 more deaths on Saturday.

The report brings the county's total cases to 253,176 and deaths to 6,197, officials said. The new data includes three new deaths each in Long Beach and Pasadena.

According to the health department, 71% of the new cases were people under the age of 50. The 30 to 49 year olds made up 35% of the total, most of all age groups.

Barbara Ferrer, LA County Director of Public Health, urged the boys to be more vigilant.

"We need the help of our younger county residents to slow the spread even more than it is now, so that we can move down to lower levels that will allow more businesses and schools to reopen," Ferrer said. "This means this is not a time for non-essential activities and social gatherings, but a time to distance yourself and avoid close contact with people you do not live with."

Health officials urged all residents to minimize unnecessary activities such as eating out. They pointed to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that eating and drinking locally outside the home is among the riskiest activities for transmitting COVID-19.

Of the 29 people whose deaths were reported on Saturday, nine were older than 80, eight between 65 and 79, three between 50 and 64, two between 30 and 49 and one between 18 and 29. Nineteen had health problems, including six, who were older than 80.

Of all of the county's COVID-19 deaths for which racial and ethnicity information is available, 51% were Latinos, 23% White, 15% Asian, 10% Black, and less than 1% Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander.

The health department reported that 877 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized on Saturday, a third of them in intensive care. Test results are available for more than 2.44 million people, with 10% positive.

For information on reopening protocols and safety measures, visit the Ministry of Health's website.

The department also announced on Saturday that due to the unhealthy air caused by the fires in the area, some COVID-19 test sites in LA County will be closed until the weekend.

Tests were suspended on Saturday at East LA College (Monterey Park), Pomona Fairplex Gate 17, San Gabriel Valley Airport (El Monte) and the Montebello Civic Center. These locations as well as the College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita) will be closed on Sundays.

Residents who had appointments at these locations were notified to schedule a new appointment. Same and next day appointments will still be available at test locations across LA County.


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