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Coronavirus Cases, Hospitalizations And Positivity Rate Increase In LA County, Residents Urged To Take Caution

Los Angeles County Public Health director Barbara Ferrer. (Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images)
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The L.A. County Department of Public Health is reporting significant increases in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations adn the testing positivity rate this week.

The 7-day average of daily new cases is now over 1,900. Two weeks ago that average was 1,379.

In addition:

  • 1,698 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, up from the 1,350 to 1,450 hospitalizations we've seen in recent weeks
  • Two weeks ago the 7-day average positivity rate was 5.8%. Today it is 8.6%.
  • Today public health confirmed 23 new deaths and 2,169 new cases.

Barbara Ferrer, the director of the county's public health department, says we are at a "critical moment" in our COVID-19 recovery efforts:
"Over the last few weeks, businesses and public spaces have reopened, and many more people have been out around others...and the data is now showing concerning trends."

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Ferrer urged Angelenos to continue to follow social distancing and mask protocols and to stay at home when possible. She said we all must "take immediate action to reverse the trends we are seeing."

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