Updated Mar 25, 2020 - Health

CDC to evaluate death of California teen who tested positive for coronavirus

Beds in a soon-to-be-opened emergency shelter for the homeless in Los Angeles, March 23. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Los Angeles County health department said on Tuesday "there may be an alternate explanation" for the death of a California teenager whose "early tests indicated a positive result for COVID-19."

Why it matters: The fatality rate for the novel coronavirus in the U.S. is highest among those over 85, the CDC found in a report issued last week — and no deaths among people under 19 years of age were reported in the U.S. as of March 18. The CDC will evaluate the case of the teenagers' death in Los Angeles County.

  • There have been 11 virus-related deaths in LA County as of Tuesday, and at least 40 in the state of California.
  • LA County health officials did not specify in a press conference whether the minor had underlying health conditions. Additional information about the case is pending further investigation, the department said.

What they're saying: "COVID-19 does not discriminate by age, race or income level, and what we are seeing in places like New York is indicative of what we should prepare to experience here," Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said on Tuesday when announcing the juvenile fatality, emphasizing that residents should practice social distancing.

  • "It is a reminder to everyone to take this seriously," California Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a Facebook live address. Newsom identified the deceased individual as a teenager.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more comment from the health department and Newsom.

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New York City and L.A. to close all bars and restaurants

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New York City and Los Angeles both announced plans Sunday night to close all bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in an effort to curb the novel coronavirus spread.

The big picture: L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said restaurants "may sell food for takeout only," with the measures "effective at midnight tonight" L.A. time. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said only pick-up and delivery would be allowed from restaurants. NYC announced earlier it would begin closing its nearly 1,900 public schools this week through April 20 as it reported 329 coronavirus cases. Los Angeles County had reported 69 cases and one death by Sunday night.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include measures in Los Angeles.

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U.S. counties expect coronavirus response to cost billions

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County officials are urging Congress to make their governments eligible to directly receive coronavirus relief funds to offset the ballooning costs of responding to the crisis.

Why it matters: The country's 1,900 public health departments are run by counties, which also manage roughly 1,000 U.S. hospitals. More than 500 counties have already declared a state of emergency to trigger additional funding and resources.

Biden's last-ditch effort to steal Sanders' thunder in California

Outside the Biden campaign's office in Los Angeles. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios

LOS ANGELES — Joe Biden made a last-minute push across California on Super Tuesday, hitting Oakland and dispatching his wife to San Diego before they end the day in Los Angeles — home to the only advertised Biden campaign field office in the largest state in the country.

Why it matters: While Biden is hoping to build a comeback on his blowout win in South Carolina, nearly one-third of the delegates up for grabs in tonight's Super Tuesday contests vote here in California. Bernie Sanders, who narrowly lost the state to Hillary Clinton in 2016, has been dominating the state's polls.