Los Angeles Public Health confirmed an additional 1,236 positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. Officials also confirmed 18 new deaths and a total of 715 current hospitalizations.

The latest COVID-19 numbers come as health officials expected a surge in new positive COVID-19 cases and related deaths after the Labor Day holiday weekend. Their concerns are the result of spikes after Memorial Day and the July 4th holidays.

Officials have said the county did not see this expected surge. In fact, Saturday’s numbers show a decrease from Friday’s new cases and deaths.

Even if the numbers go down, officials warn that LA Counties, especially young adults, still need to exercise caution when going out in public. From maintaining proper social distance and wearing masks in public places to avoiding large gatherings, residents play a role in minimizing the transmission and spread of COVID-19.

The latest summary of COVID-19 numbers brings Los Angeles County to a total of 266,988 positive cases and 6,504 deaths. That announcement comes the same week that the United States hit a grim milestone of 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.

California now has a total of 798,237 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 15,532 deaths.

Daily COVID-19 update:
September 26, 2020
New cases: 1,236 (previously 266,988)
New deaths: 18 (so far 6,504)
Current hospital stays: 715 pic.twitter.com/HTGuJnpp3T

– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) September 26, 2020


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