Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, December 19, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 19, 2020 

12/17/2020 3:30pm 

LOS ANGELE COUNTY* 12/17/202 12/11/20 

Total Cases 596,721 501,635 

Deaths 8,757 8,199 


STATS BY CITY Population Cases Deaths 

 (12/11/2020 stats in parenthesis)


Pasadena 14,1371 5271 (4536) 142 (138)

Uninc- East Pasadena 6,403126 (117) 2 (2)

City of Arcadia 57,7541165 (985) 44 (40)

Uninc. - Arcadia7.981238 (184) 3 (3)

City of Bradbury 1,06930 (30) 0 (0)

City of Duarte 22,0161093 (957) 41 (37)

Uninc.- Duarte4,428457 (383) 5 (4)

City of Monrovia 38,800 1513 (1305) 41 (41)

Uninc - Monrovia 3,881174 (142) 0 (0)

City of Sierra Madre 10,989 223 (175) 5 (5)

City of So.Pasadena 26,053614 (561) 28 (28)

Uninc.- Altadena 43,260 3459 (1278) 23 (22)

La County Testing as of 12/17/20: 4,265,009 (4,021,359 )

Positivity Rate (No. of persons positive out of total persons tested)

as 12/17/20: 12.8% (12.0) Nationally recommended Positivity Level: 5%



COVID-19 UPDATE 12/17/2020

Foothill Municipal Water District (FMWD) is pleased to announce three works of art from students 
in the District’s service area will be included in the 2021 Metropolitan Water District of 
Southern California “Water is Life” Student Art Calendar. The works of art are amongst thirty-
seven featured in the calendar submitted from six counties in southern California. Twenty-six 
water agencies throughout Southern California participated in the art contest with hundreds of 

The students are as follows by grade level. 

 Olivia Hur, 6th Grade, Rosemont Middle School

 Taili Sherwood, 10th Grade, Crescenta Valley High School

 Heidy Hur, 11th Grade, Crescenta Valley High School

The students were recognized virtually via Metropolitan’s online webinar on Thursday, December 
17.The theme of the 2021 Student Art Calendar Contest, “Water is Life,” relates to the stewardship 
and conservation of water. This means protecting our water resources for future generations 
through conservation and education. 

In California, about 50% of residential water consumption goes towards landscape irrigation. 
FMWD and MWD can help community members improve water resiliency through turf removal. 
Currently, MWD is offering a rebate of $2.00 per square foot up to 5,000 square feet of converted 
yard per year. A potential $10,000 in rebate! For more landscape transformation information, 
please visit or call Michael Le at 818-790-4036, 


All key Public Health indicators are increasing to record levels. One month ago, on 
November 12, the 5-day average of cases was 2,134 and today the 5-day average is 
10,034; this is an increase of 370% in just one month. The 5-day average of deaths 
one month ago, on November 12, was 12; today, average daily deaths it’s 62. In just 
30 days our deaths have increased 416% across the County. During that same time 
frame, the positivity rate has increased 141%; today, the daily test positivity rate is 
14.2%. And hospitalizations increased 303% in one month; today we are reporting 
3,850 COVID-19 hospitalizations, and 22% of COVID-19 patients are in the ICU.

Our daily case numbers are unlike any we have ever seen in our county and reflect 
extraordinarily high rates of community transmission; activities we were able to do 
just a few weeks back, now present far too much risk for virus transmission. 

In order for us to stop the surge, L.A. County residents will need to use the tools at 
hand to slow community transmission and reduce the number of infected people. 
The strategies that work remain the same: no gatherings/events with others outside 
of your immediate household, always and correctly wear face coverings/masks when 
around others, and always maintain your physical distance from others who are not 
from your household. During this surge, everyone should also stay at home except 
to provide or receive essential services , avoid all non-essential travel, get tested if 
you have symptoms or an exposure, and isolate immediately from your family and 
others if you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. If we take these actions, 
we will save lives.

“Each day, as we share this information with you, we know there are people across 
our community who have suffered tremendous loss. For those mourning the passing 
of a loved one, we wish you healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, 
MEd, Director of Public Health. “This is an extraordinarily challenging time. Hospitals 
are stressed and filling up with hundreds of new COVId-19 positive patients 
each day, our healthcare workers are exhausted, and deaths are reaching an all-time 
high. Actions taken by each of us continue to make or break our collective ability to 
prevent many people from becoming infected, seriously ill and potentially passing 
away from COVID-19. While vaccines are around the corner, they will not be here in 
time to prevent compromising care for seriously ill individuals at our hospitals. Only 
we can do that by following the public health directives: Stay home except for performing 
essential work and/or acquiring essential services. Always wear a face covering 
when out of your house and know that every single time you are with people 
not in your household you are running a serious risk of being exposed to the virus.”

Of the 68 new deaths reported today, 27 people that passed away were over the age 
of 80 years old, 23 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 12 
people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and six people who 
died were between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Fifty-two of the 68 deaths reported 
today were people with underlying health conditions, including 22 people who 
were over the age of 80 years old, 17 people who were between the ages of 65 and 
79 years old, nine people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and four people 
between the ages of 30 and 49 years old.

Ninety-three percent of the people who died from COVID-19 had underlying health 
conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 
7,813 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 52% of deaths occurred 
among Latino/Latinx residents, 23% among White residents, 14% among 
Asian residents, 9% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among 
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with 
other races. 

Testing results are available for more than 4,091,000 individuals with 12% of all people 
testing positive. Upon further investigation, 239 cases reported earlier were not 
L.A. County residents.

The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap 
to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect 
yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.

Many states have legalized marijuana for medicinal 
or recreational use by adults. This holiday season, 
California Poison Control System (CPCS) reminds 
all adults to practice caution when using or serving 
cannabis-containing edible items such as cookies, 
candies, pastries or beverages during holiday events 
and New Year’s celebrations. These items should not 
be prepared or served when children or teens are 
present in order to minimize the risk of accidental 
exposure. The risk increases with edibles because 
children love holiday goodies and brightly colored 
items. See edibles video here

“Children can be exposed to marijuana either by 
breathing in smoke or eating foods containing marijuana,” 
said Dr. Cyrus Rangan, Assistant Medical 
Director, CPCS Los Angeles. “Keep your home and 
car free of the smoke, and keep food or drinks in 
their original containers locked up away from young 
children or teens. Kids and cannabis don’t mix. Treat 
these products just like you would alcoholic beverages 
— use caution and common sense.” Edibles can 
contain high amounts oftetrahydrocannabinol or 
THC, the chemical that causes someone to get high.

 While adults typically exhibit dizziness, weakness, 
slurred speech and anxiety, symptoms in children 
can be more severe. They can range from sleepiness 
to difficulty breathing or even coma. Emergency 
rooms and poison control centers have received 
many cases of young children who accidentally ate 
marijuana edibles and required hospital admission 
due to the severity of their symptoms. 

Dr. Rangan advises that if there’s a chance a child 
has accidentally consumed marijuana-containing 
products, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 so a 
trained specialist can answer specific questions and/
or guide callers to an emergency facility. 


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