L.A. County Coronavirus Report: New Cases Surpass 10,000; Hospitalizations Continue To Surge Amid Regional Stay At Home Order – Update

Alexandra Del Rosario
·3-min read

UPDATE: Los Angeles County has reached another milestone as Public Health reported 10,528 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 23 new deaths. This is the highest daily number of new cases reported in L.A. county, continuing the trend of an exponential increase in cases.

Nearly every day this week the County surpassed all-time highs for the daily number of new cases and the number of people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized.

With today’s tally, this brings L.A. County’s total to 449,851 new cases and 7,909 deaths to date. 2,855 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 while 23% are in the ICU. 10.3% staffed adult ICU capacity remaining in Southern California. which has Of the more than 3,900,000 individuals tested; 11% of all people tested positive.

Starting at midnight tonight, L.A. County residents will need to adhere to the State’s Regional Stay At Home Order. Residents should remain at their homes and with members of their household as much as possible.

The coronavirus continues to take hold over Los Angeles county as Public Health officials confirmed a total of 8,949 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday alone.

A marker of increased resident gatherings and travel, the new statistic comes after the Thanksgiving holiday and as the county’s officials impose new safer-at-home ordinances to slow the spread. Los Angeles Public Health has also confirmed 2,769 current hospitalizations and 44 new deaths caused by Covid-19.

With a daily average of over 8,460 new cases in the last three days, Los Angeles is at almost double the threshold officials said would require new safer-at-home order, which was 4,500 new daily cases. On Saturday morning, State officials announced a new stay-at-home order that would begin on 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. Affecting the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, the new order will be in effect for at least three weeks where ICU capacity falls below 15%. As of Saturday, the Southern California Region has 12.5% staffed adult ICU capacity remaining.

Under the new order multiple sectors, including restaurants, movie theaters, museums and salons must close or remain closed for all operations.

The critical lockdown weeks will crossover with the winter holidays such as Christmas and Hanukkah, which may continue to tempt residents to gather with loved ones outside their households as many have during Thanksgiving weekend. Even if residents plan on wearing masks and keeping their distance from loved ones for outdoor gatherings, Public Health officials say that the holidays are safest when celebrated sans mingling of individuals from more than one household.

To date, Los Angeles Public Health has reported a total of 439,408 cases and 7,886 deaths.

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