Less than ten days after contracting testing positive for coronavirus, a Los Angeles County Public Defender died Tuesday, said Los Angeles Blades.

A spokesperson for Los Angeles County Public Defender said the latest coronavirus casualty is Ricardo Garcia, a Los Angeles County deputy public defender from the West Covina branch office.

The spokesperson added that Garcia had been self-quarantined at home since May 16 and had tested positive for the virus on May 19.

“Two co-workers who worked with the individual were immediately notified and quarantined upon receipt of the positive test,” said a spokesperson in a statement released to the media.

“The loss of this deputy public defender is a tragedy, and our hearts reach out to family, friends, and the entire public defender’s office who lost a cherished colleague and friend,” it added.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) confirmed 48 new deaths and 1,094 new cases of coronavirus.

This is representing an increase of 161 new cases recording positive within a twenty-four hour period for the County.

Six deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach. To date, Public Health has identified 49,774 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,241 deaths, said the Los Angeles Blades. 

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