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LA County Reports Highest Single Day Number Of New COVID-19 Cases Since August

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Los Angeles County reported its highest single day number of new coronavirus cases since August on Wednesday.

More than 1,600 cases were recorded, pushing the total number to 277,445 in all.

Overall, though, case numbers are at their lowest point since early May, and the county's testing positivity rate now meets the threshold to move into the next tier of the state's reopening plan.

L.A. County is also meeting the state's new equity metric, meaning transmission is slowing in the county's lowest-resourced areas.

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Public health director Barbara Ferrer says that doesn't mean we will actually be moving to a new tier anytime soon, however:

"What is standing in our way to advancing to a higher tier, the red tier, is that we continue to see more than the average of 700 to 800 new cases a day."

The county must reach and maintain its number in all three categories for at least two consecutive weeks to advance to the less restrictive red tier.

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 Tuesday, Oct. 6:

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