Coronavirus USA Updates: LA County breaks record for COVID-19 deaths

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Coronavirus USA Updates: LA County breaks record for COVID-19 deaths
Coronavirus USA Updates: LA County breaks record for COVID-19 deaths

Los Angeles County reported a record-breaking 290 new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, health officials said.

There have been 10,345 total COVID-19 deaths in the county.

Someone dies of COVID-19 in L.A. County every 10 minutes, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said. All day Thursday, the department is tweeting a description of a potential COVID-19 victim every 10 minutes.

Barbara Ferrer, director of the health department, warned that “hundreds more people” will die each week from COVID-19 and urged people to stay home this New Year’s Eve and throughout the weekend.

“As we see 2020 come to a close, we are experiencing extreme conditions in LA County,” Ferrer said during a briefing. “With no decline in the number of new cases, our hospitals continue to be overwhelmed.”

The county reported 15,129 new cases while 7,546 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, officials said. The daily test-positivity rate is an “alarming” 22%, Ferrer said.

The latest numbers come as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is mobilizing a “super-spreader task force” to target illegal parties.

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