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LA County COVID Cases Tripled In One Week, Though Hospitalizations Are Slower To Grow

Cars stop at a drive-through testing location in Los Angeles. A woman wearing a face mask stands at the drivers side door speaking to the driver. Large white signs reading "COVID TESTING AHEAD" are at the front and back of the photo.
A drive-through COVID-19 testing center in Los Angeles.
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L.A. County's COVID-19 cases continue to climb, with health officials reporting nearly 10,000 new infections on Friday; the highest this year since January.

The number represents a tripling in cases since the beginning of the week.

The county's positivity rate is also up to nearly 10% over the last seven weeks. Officials also reported 21 new deaths on Friday, and 801 hospitalizations.

That’s the highest number of hospitalizations since early October.

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The numbers are still far lower than this time last year, when L.A. County was averaging 15,500 new cases per day and 7,200 hospitalizations.

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