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LA County Has Lost Over 17,000 Residents To COVID-19; Daily Case Counts Continue To Decline

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More than 17,000 people in L.A. County have now died from COVID-19.

County health officials reported 205 new deaths today, brining the total to 17,057 since the pandemic began. More than 7,000 of those happened in just the past month (since December 30), during the holiday surge. It took the county nine months to record that many deaths last year.

But there is some good news on the horizon.

The number of daily new cases continues to slow. Health officials reported 3,763 new cases today.

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There are also now 5,259 patients in local hospitals with COVID-19. That's down nearly 2,000 from three weeks ago.

The numbers are still much higher than they were before the current surge began; in September the average was about 1,000 cases a day.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NUMBERS:

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