The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States jumped past those of Iran, Germany and Spain this weekend, making the U.S. the nation with the third highest total in the world at the moment. The number of confirmed cases here now stands at 35,241 as of 6:30 a.m. Monday.
The news comes as the number of confirmed cases in Los Angeles County surged to 409, in part a reflection of increased testing. Health officials said that over the last 48 hours there have been 132 new cases. The rising numbers, no question, are in part a reflection of wider testing, which remains limited in the U.S. As the numbers continue to go up, the L.A. County's Department of Public Health has shifted to "a mitigation strategy aimed at slowing disease transmission." It's recommending that providers test people with COVID-19 symptoms only when a positive result would change how a patient is treated or would "inform public health response." Health officials said the median age of those infected is currently 47.These numbers are changing rapidly and experts have warned that confirmed cases are far under the actual total of infected individuals.
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Kimberly Shriner M.D., infectious disease specialist at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena
Anuradha Seshadri, M.D., internal medicine physician and pediatrician with UCLA Health