Three confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus at Westwood Whole Foods
By Sam Catanzaro
Los Angeles County health officials have confirmed that three employees of a Westwood grocery store tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
According to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (Public Health), there have been three confirmed cases of COVID-19 among employees at the Westwood Whole Foods, located at 1050 Gayley Avenue.
All Whole Foods Market stores continue to operate under social distancing and crowd control measures, according to a Whole Foods spokesperson, talking to Patch about two positive cases at a branch on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.
On Thursday, Public Health confirmed 50 new deaths and 1,777 new cases of COVID-19. The number of new deaths remain higher than the 7-day average of 24 deaths.
There are 2,037 people currently hospitalized, 26 percent of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 17 percent are confirmed cases on ventilators. This remains substantially higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen four weeks ago, according to Public Health.
Testing results are available for nearly 1,240,000 individuals with 9 percent of all people testing positive.
As of Thursday, Public Health has identified 124,738 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,689 deaths. In Westwood, there have been 156 cases and five deaths.