The COVID-19 death toll in Los Angeles County topped the 1,600 mark Tuesday, with nearly four dozen more fatalities reported, along with nearly 1,000 new confirmed cases of the illness.

The county Department of Public Health reported 45 additional deaths on Tuesday, although one of those fatalities was announced Monday afternoon by Long Beach, which has its own health department.

Long Beach reported three additional deaths Tuesday afternoon, while Pasadena, which also has its own health department, announced one more fatality.

The new deaths raised the county’s total number of fatalities to 1,617. The county noted that one death that had been reported earlier turned out to a person who did not live in the county, so that case was removed from the total.

Meanwhile, the county reported another 961 confirmed cases, while Long Beach reported 31 and Pasadena 36, lifting the overall county total to 33,247.

Of the 1,490 deaths for which ethnic data was available, 38% were Latinx, 29% white, 18% Asian, 13% black and 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

Roughly half of the coronavirus deaths in the county have occurred at institutional settings, mostly skilled nursing facilities.

As of Tuesday, 658 cases have been confirmed at the Terminal Island federal prison in San Pedro, where seven inmates have died.

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan, D-San Pedro, took a private tour of the prison Tuesday morning, and said more needs to be done to protect inmates and staff. She said some inmates should be moved out of the facility.

“I think we need to get as many people as we can under home confinement,” she said. “Certainly there are folks with offenses that allow for that to happen.”

According to the Bureau of Prisons, the low-security facility houses 1,042 inmates. A representative for the union representing guards at the prison told KNX Newsradio that home-confinement would not be appropriate for the inmates, many of whom are sex offenders and drug offenders would present a danger to the community.

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