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LA County Hits Another Single-Day Record As Total Coronavirus Cases Top 500,000

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A pedestrian walks past a temporarily closed and boarded up Hard Rock Cafe along Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday as the county continued to report alarmingly high new COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP via Getty Images)
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For the second day in a row, Los Angeles County has shattered its daily COVID-19 case record.

Officials today logged another 13,815 cases, after reporting more than 12,000 cases late yesterday. That now brings the county's cumulative total since the beginning of the pandemic to over half a million cases.

Meanwhile, more than 3,600 people are currently hospitalized, which county public health director Barbara Ferrer says is the result of surging cases from over the Thanksgiving holiday:

"The impact of this Thanksgiving surge of cases on top of already rising cases, is creating extraordinary stress on our health care system. Should this be followed by another surge related to the winter holiday, the numbers of hospitalizations and patients in the ICU could become catastrophic."

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Across Southern California, only 6.2% of the region's ICU beds are currently available — statewide, it's about 9%.

The county could receive more than 82,000 doses as soon as Monday, with this first batch reserved for health care workers, Supervisor Janice Hahn said via Twitter.

About 250,000 more doses could arrive by Dec. 21, 150,000 the week after that, and then 250,000 per week starting in January, she wrote.

OVERALL LOOK AT LA COUNTY NUMBERS:

  • 50 new deaths
  • 8,199 total deaths
  • 13,815 new cases
  • 501,635 total cases
  • 3,624 currently hospitalized
  • More than 4 million tested

And below is a look at longer-term trends in the county. To see more, visit our California COVID-19 Tracker and choose L.A. County or any other California county that interests you. These numbers are current as of Thursday, Dec. 10, and do not include today's numbers:

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