By John W. Davis, Contributing Writer
INGLEWOOD — Nearly 2,000 Inglewood residents have been confirmed as coronavirus cases, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Inglewood has a population of approximately 110,000 residents.
According to county COVID-19 data, Inglewood has a total of 1,857 cases and 75 coronavirus related deaths, through July 27, with a backlog of cases expected to be tallied in the coming days.
The Forum, which has canceled events due to the global pandemic, has transformed the venue’s parking lot into a COVID-19 Drive-Up Mobile Testing Site. Tests are free and available by appointment only.
Meanwhile, Inglewood’s Office of Emergency Services said public health contact tracers are working with community members with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Officials with the county Public Health Department said they are also focused on helping community members avoid scams. Officials said contact tracers will never ask for financial information like Social Security number or bank account number. Contact tracers will only ask for your name and date of birth.
County leaders are also tracking the growing numbers of coronavirus cases at SoFi Stadium, where 60 coronavirus cases have been tallied in connection with the NFL’s stadium construction site. No coronavirus-related deaths have been attributed to the stadium.
The Inglewood Health Care Center, which is a nursing home on Hillcrest Boulevard, is being monitored as a residential COVID-19 outbreak location. According to public health officials, a total of 14 staff members at the Inglewood Health Care Center have been diagnosed with coronavirus as well as 45 residents. Twelve people have died in connection with that location.
Primrose Post-Acute, a nursing home on Centinela Avenue, also is being tracked as a COVID-19 outbreak location in Inglewood. According to public health officials, 21 staff members at Primrose Post-Acute have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 33 residents have confirmed coronavirus cases. Five people have died in connection with the Primrose Post-Acute location.
Inglewood officials have been using social media platforms to encourage residents to remain vigilant about the coronavirus pandemic.
“Slowing the spread of COVID-19 means making sure people who are sick don’t infect others” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the director of the county Department of Public Health. “If you are positive for COVID-19, if a provider has said you are likely positive, or if you are experiencing symptoms, please self-isolate to avoid infecting others, including people you live with. This means staying home, away from other people, and telling your close contacts so that they can self-quarantine.”