Los Angeles County Reports Nearly 30,000 Coronavirus Cases

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The number of coronavirus cases and associated deaths in Los Angeles County continued to rise in the first two days of the three-day weekend, with health officials reporting a closely combined tally on Saturday of 30,000 cases.
Officials reported 29,423 new cases of the coronavirus on Christmas Day and Saturday combined. Officials said Friday’s case numbers were delayed by a day due to an interruption in Internet service in the Los Angeles area by Spectrum.

Local health agencies also reported 136 deaths over the two-day period. The county has averaged about 14,000 new cases of coronavirus per day and 88 deaths from COVID-19 per day over the past week.

Los Angeles County has now reported a total of more than 707,000 coronavirus cases and more than 9,440 deaths.

Hospitals across the county are overwhelmed. Some are dangerously lacking in oxygen, which is essential for treating critically ill COVID-19 patients who have started to suffocate from their lungs inflamed by the virus. Emergency rooms are so overcrowded that ambulances have to wait up to eight hours to drop off patients or are sometimes dispatched to more distant hospitals.

“People mingling with other people outside their households have pushed the COVID-19 pandemic in LA County to the most dangerous levels we’ve ever seen,” the director of health said County Public Officer Barbara Ferrer in a statement. “Overwhelmed hospitals are the saddest proof of this reality. To honor our healthcare workers and for the safety of your family and friends, please delay travel plans and meet only with members of our household. These actions will save lives. ”

In Los Angeles County, COVID-19 hospitalizations jumped to 6,815, more than triple the Thanksgiving figure when 1,951 were in hospital. Los Angeles County’s intensive care units are essentially full, and by Christmas 1,368 people with COVID-19 were in intensive care, nearly triple the comparable figure on Thanksgiving, when 484 were in intensive care.

The increase in cases can be seen across the region.

Orange County also broke the record for the highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day on Saturday, with 5,953 cases, breaking the latest record set on December 20, when 4,606 cases were reported. Orange County has recorded an average of around 3,500 new cases of coronavirus per day over the past week.

Orange County also released its highest number of COVID-19 deaths reported in a single day on Saturday, with 63 new deaths, breaking the latest record set on September 29, when 33 deaths were reported. Orange County has averaged 12 deaths a day over the past week.

Cumulatively, California has reported 2.1 million cases of coronavirus and on Saturday took another sobering milestone: more than 24,000 deaths. At least 234 deaths were reported statewide on Saturday, according to the Times independent county-by-county count, and at least 24,200 deaths have been reported.

If current trends continue, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington predicts that California could have a cumulative total of more than 70,000 deaths by April 1. everyone wore masks outside the house.

With the end of Christmas and many people defying calls by authorities to skip holiday gatherings, Los Angeles County health officials are now urging people who traveled during the holidays to self-quarantine for 10 days to see if they develop any signs of illness. The quarantine keeps people at home as much as possible, with groceries and restaurant food delivered to avoid spreading the virus in the community.

“We’re really working right now on how we think there’s a lot of travel,” Ferrer said on Christmas Eve. “And that means when people come back, we need them to do this self-quarantine for those 10 days.”



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