Latest Data Shows 8 COVID-19 Infections in WeHo and 9 in the Melrose Neighborhood

The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County has risen to 147, with those in West Hollywood increasing from five on Monday to eight on Tuesday. Thst means WeHo continues to have the highest number of infections in terms of population of any city or neighborhood measured by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the health departments of Long Beach and Pasadena.

The five confirmed cases in West Hollywood on Monday amounted to one per 7,371 residents. The eight cases confirmed on Tuesday by the L.A. County Department of Public Health means that one of every 4,607 West Hollywood residents has the COVID-19 virus.  The Melrose neighborhood, which lies south of West Hollywood, had nine cases, or one for each of 5,546 residents.       

Los Angeles neighborhoods with populations of less than 25,000 saw an overall increase of 18 confirmed infections on Tuesday, up from 11 on Monday. The Public Health Department on Tuesday reported one confirmed case in Hollywood. There were no reported increases in other nearby cities such as Beverly Hills (which had one case reported Monday) or Culver City (which had two cases reported on Monday).

The Melrose neighborhood south of West Hollywood

Of the three other cities or neighborhoods that had reported five cases on Monday (Boyle Heights, Long Beach, and Tarzana), only Long Beach saw an increase in confirmed infections as of Tuesday, with a total of eight.

The Public Health Department report shows downward shifts in counts in some cities and neighborhoods like Santa Clarita, where the count dropped from three on Monday to two on Tuesday.  Those changes were attributed to further investigation of the locations of the infections.

The infection counts will be changing day by day as more infections are confirmed.  “The public should not think one location is safer than the other,” the county said in a statement about the latest counts

Los Angeles County and the City of West Hollywood have put in place a number of measures to try to bring the COVID-19 epidemic under control. The county has ordered the closure of bars, gyms, movie theatres, bowling alleys and arcades and allows restaurants to provide food only for pick-up or delivery.  The Los Angeles Unified School District has closed all public schools. 

The West Hollywood City Council on Monday declared a 60-day state of emergency and adopted a number of other measures,  including prohibiting sports and other group activities in the city’s parks and banning landlords from evicting tenants who are unable to pay their rent because of the coronavirus. That could be the result of loss of income from losing a job, being required at home to stay in isolation, being infected with the virus or having to leave work to take care of a family member infected by the virus or a child whose school has closed. Tenants would have six months after the end of the emergency period to pay their overdue rent. 

Other measures intended to provide help to residents and businesses affected by the virus outbreak were reported by WEHOville on Monday. The City of West Hollywood posts regular updates on the coronavirus on its website.


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Gavin Elster

Why were all those WEHO bars, clubs and restaurants not only open, on Sunday,but full of young, ignorant people? Most of these partiers live outside the area and will probably spread Covid 19 even further. Sadly the BIG business and tourist lobby trumps common, medical sense, and puts everyone at risk. LA County and WEHO officials are now “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. ” And like that tragedy only the very rich and well-connected will get into lifeboats!

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What’s unfortunate is that people with means and NBA athletes and Hollywood actors seem to have been tested with and without symptoms or asymptomatic as it is called or the prison population or the incarcerated, all who have been tested with corporate money and or state funds! However, those of us who live in this community that seems to get more expensive year after year have no where to turn to find a test site. We may not live in a a mansion or have private doctors who select the lucky few with drive-thru privileges in their expensive cars as… Read more »

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James Francis

Sorry for the typos auto correct causes this
Doctors have Swabs in hand in a drive thru concierge corona virus testing for their wealthy clientele

Wealthy to the elite and to the politicians to the incarcerated is who seems to be getting the exclusive access to corona virus tests

Robert
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Robert

This specific info re number of WeHo/Melrose infected is really insightful (and not easy to find on City website). Will WehoVille report this info daily, please Henry?

Henry (Hank) Scott
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will new reporting the data as the health department releases it

EYM
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EYM

I wonder what is going on why our neighborhood numbers are so high. I wonder if the people were in contact with each other or are all separate?

EYM
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EYM

I hope the city council is looking into this and keeping an eye on it. I see apartment handymen type workers still working so if they are doing so they could at least make sure they are disinfecting common areas and not only getting apartments ready for new renters who might not even be coming now. But maybe they shouldn’t even be working.

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Sally

Well, I drove by Santa Monica and San Vicente área and the bars were packed with people getting drunk, hugging and making out, so I’m not surprised by this news. Also, on the news they’ve just announced that the mayor of WeHo has the Coronavirus.

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/03/18/coronavirus-weho-west-hollywood-mayor-john-damico-weho/

Vigilant
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Vigilant

Is this aCanary in the Coal Mine?

So little accurate information especially in a community with HIV positive residents having reasonably vulnerable immune systems.

Not wishing ill for anyone but being an ostrich is not reassuring.