Glendale sees spike in COVID-19 case numbers last week, zero deaths, and data delays

Glendale saw its largest spike in new coronavirus infections last week. On Thursday, October 22, 2020, Los Angeles County reported a record spike of 86 new cases in Glendale (70 more than reported the previous day). On Friday and Saturday, Glendale saw cases increase by 75 and 46 respectively.

No new deaths have been reported since October 13, 2020 when Glendale reported 181 COVID-19 fatalities.

CityDateCasesRateDeathsNew cases
City of Glendale10/204245205618116
City of Glendale10/214331209718186
City of Glendale10/224406213418175
City of Glendale10/234462216118146

Some of the high numbers may be attributable to a delay in the release of test results through the county. On October 17, 2020 Glendale reported zero new cases.

Unfortunately, Glendale’s COVID-19 dashboard is often misleading and very late on updates. In this screenshot pictured, taken October 26, 2020 (12:15 AM), Glendale displays their October 22, 2020 update presenting the previous day’s numbers.

The last time we saw spikes this high was before Glendale chose to enforce their face covering ordinance with written citations. Originally introduced to City Council by Ara Najarian in April 2020, the ordinance was designed with built-in lack of enforcement. After four months of this negligent and failed approach — with high numbers through June, July, and into August — City Council voted to have GPD enforce it actively.

The threat of enforcement achieved greater compliance numbers from Glendale residents, and our numbers declined after a series of holiday spikes in cases before enforcement was enacted. However, GPD has still issued relatively few citations. So the latest numbers released by the county may reflect lax city ordinance enforcement in addition to LA County’s Public Health department data delays.

Author: GCGW admin

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