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LA Reports Record-Shattering 10,528 New COVID-19 Cases

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A healthcare worker hands a patient a COVID-19 testing kit at a drive-thru testing site at The Forum. (Courtesy of the County of Los Angeles)
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L.A. County’s Department of Public Health confirmed a record-shattering 10,528 new cases of the coronavirus today, and 23 new deaths attributed to the disease. The report is in line with the entire week, which has seen cases steadily rising and all-time highs being surpassed on most days.

Today’s numbers bring the total in the region to 449,851 positive cases and 7,909 deaths. To date, more than 3.9 million tests have been conducted in L.A. County, with a positivity rate of 11%.

There are currently 2,855 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county, with 23% of those individuals in the ICU. Because the region’s ICU bed availability rate has fallen below 15%, a stricter stay-at-home order goes into effect just before midnight tonight.