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Restaurants Have Reopened, But LA County Is Still Seeing 200 COVID Deaths A Day

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County health officer Dr. Muntu Davis says overall case numbers are down, though the current numbers are much higher than they were before the winter holiday surge. (LA County Department of Public Health)
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As outdoor dining returns to Los Angeles County after a more than two month hiatus, health officials are reporting yet another deadly day for COVID-19.

An additional 228 people have died, and over 7,000 new cases were confirmed today.

With the exception of Monday, when officials ran into reporting delays, at least 200 people have died of COVID-19 every day this week in L.A. County.

County health officer Dr. Muntu Davis says overall case numbers are down, though the current numbers are much higher than they were before the winter holiday surge:

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"Nobody wants to see this number going back up, in terms of our cases, our hospitalizations, and even our deaths, so we can't relax. If we don't take precautions, in two weeks, we're going to see cases rise again."

Meanwhile, even as deaths continue to rise, the number of hospitalizations has been steadily falling this week.

There are now about 5,800 COVID-19 patients receiving care in local hospitals, a nearly 12% decrease since Monday.

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