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1 In 3 LA County Residents Has Been Infected With Coronavirus

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About one in three people in the county has been infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to new estimates this week from L.A. County's DHS COVID-19 modeling team.

That adds up to more than 3 million of the county's 10 million residents having the coronavirus at some point, more than triple the amount of confirmed cases reported by the county so far (989,928 total).

Why the discrepancy? The new estimates are based on updated scientific modeling, health officials say.

County health officials also say we still haven't seen the peak of the surge in cases from the Christmas and New Year's holidays. They expect to see continued high demand on hospitals for at least another four weeks.

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The county expected to hit a milestone of 1 million cases tomorrow.

Currently 1 in every 115 residents of the county are infectious, about .89% of the local population. One week ago, that estimate was 1 in every 125 residents.

Today, L.A. County reported more than 15,000 new coronavirus cases and 258 more COVID-19 deaths, for a total of 13,489 since the pandemic began.

You can read the full findings of the COVID-19 model here.


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