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LA County Reports 12,731 New COVID Cases, 29 Deaths

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L.A. County health officials on Sunday confirmed 12,731 new cases of coronavirus and 29 deaths. Currently, there are 4,009 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and 21% of those individuals are in the ICU.

The number of new daily cases has been above 11,000 on each of the past four days, and hospitalizations have been rising daily.

Today’s numbers bring the total number of cases to 525,486, and the total number of deaths to 8,298.

L.A. is currently under stay-at-home orders from the county, city and state. The state’s order overrides the local orders and is more strict; under its tenets, restaurants may provide to-go services only.

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Earlier this week, Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health, fought back tears while talking about how widespread the virus is becoming in the area, and the resulting death toll.

"While this trend line provides a frightening visual of our reality, the more terrible truth is that over 8,000 people — sorry — over 8,000 people who were beloved members of their families are not coming back,” she said. “And their deaths are an incalculable loss to their friends and their family, as well as our community."