U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000,000 as Santa Clarita Valley nears 500 cases

Alyssa Chang , Staff Writer

   As of May 4, there have been 3,642,068 coronavirus cases and 252,024 deaths worldwide. In the U.S. alone, there have been 1,212,345 confirmed cases and 69,725 deaths.

   In the Santa Clarita Valley, at least 571 cases have been confirmed with 15 individuals hospitalized, while a total of 48 have recovered and been discharged. KHTS reports that there are currently at least 405 confirmed cases reported in the city of Santa Clarita, 22 in Castaic, 18 in Stevenson Ranch and 26 in unincorporated areas of Canyon Country. Saugus currently has three confirmed cases while there are five in Valencia. 

   In L.A. County, COVID-19 cases have surpassed 26,217 cases and 1,256 deaths. The county is continuously setting up new drive-thru testing centers in an effort to test as many residents as possible. 

   Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has administered 769 tests as of Monday, and while 620 returned negative and 149 were confirmed positive. 

   Recently the CDC added six more symptoms for the COVID-19. The added symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell.

   The three largest U.S. airlines, American, Delta and United, will begin requiring passengers to wear face masks while traveling to help stop the virus spread amongst their customers and employees.

   Anyone with symptoms is strongly encouraged by health organizations to stay home and avoid making contact with others. 

   Cats, continue to practice social distancing and make sure to stay home as much as possible.