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LA County Reports More Than 26K New COVID-19 Cases, 49 Deaths Over Weekend

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A man, left, arrives at a coronavirus testing site without wearing a facemask in Los Angeles on Dec. 16, 2020. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images
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Los Angeles County recorded more than 26,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, as well as 49 confirmed deaths.

That death count is an undercount, health officials noted, due to the typical delay in weekend reporting, plus an internet outage on Christmas Day.

The daily positivity rate remains above 17% and daily hospitalizations increased about 19% over the past seven days.

Since the onset of the local pandemic, L.A. County health officials have recorded 719,833 cases. More than 9,400 people have died.

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Public health officials reported more than 6,800 people were hospitalized on Sunday, 20% of them in the ICU. The Southern California region has been reporting 0% availability of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. The number reported Sunday marked a 1,000 person increase in hospital patients from a week ago today.

OVERALL LOOK AT LA COUNTY NUMBERS:

Here's 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 Sunday, Dec. 27:

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