LANCASTER — As predicted, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is quickly rising, with as many as six now reported in Lancaster as of Sunday.
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris reported via Facebook Sunday afternoon that there were now a total of six confirmed cases in the city.
The latest tally from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, however, listed four in its update from noon Sunday.
Antelope Valley Hospital officials on Sunday said they have treated three COVID-19 patients, and two of them have gone home.
No confirmed cases have been reported in Palmdale, according to county health officials.
However, officials repeatedly stressed that no area is safer than another from the virus based on the number of confirmed cases, as there are many not tested.
The Lancaster cases are part of a total countywide that now numbers 409 confirmed cases and five deaths, as of noon Sunday.
Since Friday, 132 new cases were reported, 59 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday.
As of Sunday, 84 of the total cases were hospitalized at some point.
Twelve cases reported earlier turned out not to be Los Angeles County residents, officials said.
Two additional deaths were reported on Saturday. Both victims were older than 65 with underlying health conditions, officials said. One lived in Miracle Mile in Los Angeles and the other in Marina Del Rey.
The fifth death was a person from Culver City who was older than 65 and had underlying health conditions, officials said.
“We are deeply sorry for the passing of loved ones and send our prayers to the families and friends of those who have died from COVID-19,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement released by the Department. “It is critical that everyone practices social distancing, obey the Safer at Home Health Officer Order and assume that anyone can have COVID-19, and anyone could unintentionally infect others. Please know that the actions you take today to stay 6 feet away from others and limit all non-essential activities outside your home are the best way for us to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”
Los Angeles County officials increased the restrictions in the “Safer at Home” public health orders on Saturday, eliminating the provision for public gatherings of fewer than 10 people.
Instead, the order prohibits all public gatherings except for essential activities such as getting food, medicine or working in areas deemed essential.
The revision also removed personal grooming businesses, such as hair and nail salons, from the list of essential businesses.
Public health officials advised those who are mildly sick to stay home for at least seven days or until 72 hours after being fever free, whichever is longer, but to call your healthcare provider if concerned or your symptoms worsen.
Those who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or are pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier if they are sick.