Los Angeles County reported 989 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus Tuesday -- the first time since June it has reported fewer than 1,000 new cases in a day.
The county also reported 51 additional deaths, according to a news release from its public health department.
“In mid-to-late July, the daily reported number of new cases was around 3,200 cases per day,” the news release stated.
While Los Angeles County continues to see a decline in coronavirus cases, deaths, and hospitalizations, its case rate remains at 196 cases per 100,000 residents. The county needs to remain under 200 cases per 100,000 residents for two weeks in order for elementary schools to apply for an in-person education waiver.
"We are grateful for everyone’s sacrifices that have resulted in slowing the spread,” Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in the release.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health noted that it was too early to tell if the county could keep its case rate low for two weeks as it was common for fewer cases to be reported on Monday and Tuesday.
Los Angeles County is the nation’s most populous county with over 10 million residents. To date, the county has reported a total of 233,777 positive cases and 5,605 deaths.