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More Than 10,000 People Have Died From COVID-19 In LA County

File: A funeral in progress at Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights. Services at most cemeteries are discouraged or limit the number of guests that can attend. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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The death toll from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County has passed a grim new milestone.

Health officials on Wednesday reported a staggering 274 additional deaths, tipping the county total past 10,000. The new deaths include a backlog from a communications outage on Christmas Day.

But county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer warned that the rate of holiday travel — and the fact that many people are still getting together for the holidays — means many more deaths are likely in the new year:

"We all need to be prepared for another surge that will start with even higher case numbers in January. Increasing cases always translates to more and more people being rushed to already overcrowded hospitals, and tragically, also results in more people continuing to die."

About 150 people now die from COVID-19 in L.A. County every day — that's almost equal to the number of people who die per day from
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  • 10,392 new cases
  • 756,116 total cases
  • 274 new deaths
  • 10,056 total deaths
  • 7,415 hospitalizations

Here's a look at longer-term trends in the county. To see more, visit our California COVID-19 Tracker and choose Los Angeles or any other county that interests you. These numbers are current as of Tuesday, Dec. 29:

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