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COVID-19 Cases Decline, But Deaths Stay Steady

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The number of new COVID-19 cases and current hospitalizations continues to go down in L.A. County, however the number of patients dying from the virus has remained steady.

County public health director Barbara Ferrer said Friday that deaths are an indication of where cases were about four weeks prior, so significant drops in those numbers likely will lag behind those in case numbers.

“The beginning of January, we still had a lot of cases here and a lot of people in the hospital,” Ferrer said in her press briefing. “Oftentimes, unfortunately, many people will be hospitalized for days [or] weeks before they come to a tragic end and pass away.”

L.A. County reported more than 4,800 new coronavirus cases and 19 new deaths on Saturday.

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Local public health officials have tracked nearly 18,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

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