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The coronavirus testing site at the L.A. Fire Department Training Center.

The death toll from coronavirus rose to 11 today in Los Angeles County, while the overall number of cases reached nearly 670.

During a midday briefing, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, head of the county Department of Public Health, announced three new deaths across the county, including a person under age 18 from the Lancaster area. But health officials later said federal experts will review the case to see if there is an "alternate explanation for this fatality."

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris told the Los Angeles Times the patient was a teenage boy who died of septic shock, and the boy's father is also infected with coronavirus.

Late Tuesday afternoon, however, the county Department of Public Health issued a statement casting doubt on the teen's coronavirus diagnosis, saying the death "will require further evaluation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

The county's other two newly reported deaths were between 50 and 70 years old. One of them lived in the West Adams area and had underlying health conditions. Health officials were still investigating where the other person lived.

A total of 135 new cases were reported by county and municipal public health agencies, bringing the overall L.A. County number to 669. 

The latest update included the first new case in Highland Park and Mt Washington, with one infection reported in each neighborhood. Other Eastside neighborhoods with reported cases include:

  • Boyle Heights: 5
  • Eagle Rock: 2
  • East Hollywood: 1
  • East Los Angeles: 3
  • Echo Park: 2
  • Highland Park: 1
  • Lincoln Heights: 1
  • Los Feliz: 2
  • Mt. Washington: 1
  • Silver Lake: 5

Pasadena, which also has its own health department, has reported a total of six cases, which are included in the county's overall total.

Ferrer said that of the coronavirus cases in the county, 42% are in people aged 18-40, while 39% involve people aged 41-65. As of Monday, more than 5,700 people have been tested in the county, with about 10% coming back positive.

She has repeatedly stressed that the number of cases in the county is likely to continue rising due to the increasing availability of testing.

But she said people who are tested should assume they are positive and immediately isolate themselves and notify their close contacts so those people can also go into quarantine.

"Social distancing is one very important tool that we use, but the second tool that we need to ask for your cooperation on is adhering to isolation and quarantine orders," she said. "Isolation is required by law for anyone positive for COVID-19 or whose clinician has told them they're likely to be positive."

She said it can take several days for people to get their test results, and patients should assume they are positive while they're waiting for those results.

While older people, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women can suffer more severe consequences from contracting coronavirus, the threat of being diagnosed with the illness is spread across all age groups, health officials have insisted.

And while younger patients may suffer lesser symptoms, they can still spread the illness to people who may become more severely ill.

County officials on Wednesday addressed the potential mental-health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying resources are available for people feeling overwhelmed.

"Please take care of yourself. You are not alone," County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said.

The county's mental health department has a hotline available at 800- 854-7771 that offers residents support and information about available resources.

Locations of Confirmed Cases as of March 24*

  • Agoura Hills 3
  • Alhambra 5
  • Altadena 5
  • Arcadia 4
  • Athens 1
  • Baldwin Hills 3
  • Bellflower 3
  • Beverly Hills 12
  • Beverlywood 7
  • Boyle Heights 5
  • Brentwood 31
  • Burbank 2
  • Calabasas 4
  • Canoga Park 2
  • Canyon Country 1
  • Carson 8
  • Castaic 2
  • Century City 6
  • Century Palms/Cove 1
  • Cerritos 2
  • Claremont 1
  • Cloverdale/Cochran 2
  • Compton 1
  • Covina 3
  • Crestview 7
  • Culver City 7
  • Del Rey 3
  • Diamond Bar 2
  • Downey 1
  • Downtown 3
  • Duarte 1
  • Eagle Rock 2
  • East Hollywood 1
  • East Los Angeles 3
  • Echo Park 2
  • El Segundo 2
  • Encino 12
  • Exposition Park 1
  • Florence 1
  • Gardena 1
  • Glendale 10
  • Glendora 1
  • Granada Hills 5
  • Hancock Park 7
  • Harbor Gateway 1
  • Harvard Heights 1
  • Hawthorne 6
  • Highland Park 1
  • Hollywood 19
  • Hollywood Hills 8
  • Hyde Park 1
  • Inglewood 5
  • Koreatown 5
  • La Canada Flintridge 2
  • La Mirada 3
  • La Puente 1
  • La Verne 2
  • Lake Balboa 2
  • Lakewood 3
  • Lancaster 8
  • Lawndale 2
  • Lincoln Heights 1
  • Lomita 9
  • Long Beach 21
  • Los Feliz 2
  • Lynwood 2
  • Manhattan Beach 11
  • Mar Vista 6
  • Melrose 26
  • Miracle Mile 7
  • Monterey Park 3
  • Mt. Washington 1
  • North Hollywood 10
  • Northridge 2
  • Norwalk 1
  • Pacific Palisades 9
  • Palmdale 2
  • Palms 6
  • Paramount 2
  • Park La Brea 8
  • Pasadena 6
  • Pico 1
  • Pico Rivera 1
  • Playa Vista 4
  • Porter Ranch 1
  • Rancho Palos Verdes 3
  • Redondo Beach 7
  • Reseda 4
  • San Dimas 1
  • San Fernando 2
  • San Gabriel 1
  • San Pedro 2
  • Santa Clarita 7
  • Santa Monica 16
  • Santa Monica Mountains 2
  • Sherman Oaks 10
  • Silver Lake 5
  • South El Monte 1
  • South Gate 1
  • South Park 1
  • South Pasadena 3
  • South Whittier 2
  • Stevenson Ranch 2
  • Studio City 7
  • Sun Valley 2
  • Sunland 1
  • Sylmar 1
  • Tarzana 9
  • Temple 1
  • Torrance 5
  • Tujunga 1
  • University Park 1
  • Valley Glen 9
  • Van Nuys 4
  • Venice 8
  • Vermont Knolls 1
  • Vermont Vista 3
  • Vernon Central 1
  • Walnut 1
  • West Adams 3
  • West Covina 1
  • West Hills 4
  • West Hollywood 31
  • West Los Angeles 4
  • West Vernon 4
  • Westchester 3
  • Westlake 1
  • Westwood 6
  • Whittier 3
  • Wholesale District 1
  • Willowbrook 1
  • Wilmington 4
  • Wilshire Center 1
  • Winnetka 2
  • Woodland Hills 8
  • - Under Investigation 62

*These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation; two previously reported cases were not in Public Health's jurisdiction. **Locations that were less <25000 have been added to the nearest city or community.

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