L.A. County Deputy Public Defender Dies From COVID-19

A public defender for Los Angeles County has died after testing positive for COVID-19. L.A. County announced the loss Thursday. The employee, who has not been identified, is the first member of the department to die from the virus. However, they are one of 9 employees of the L.A. County public defender’s office that have tested positive for COVID-19.

“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,” L.A. County Public Defender Ricardo Garcia said in a statement.

The individual was self-quarantining at home since May 16 (he tested positive on May 19). Colleagues from the department’s West Covina branch where the deceased worked were immediately notified after he tested positive and the office was thoroughly cleaned.