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LA's COVID Numbers Continue To Improve, But Surge Still Isn't Over

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Many of LA County's key COVID-19 metrics are continuing their downward trend.

County health officials reported about 6,900 new cases Wednesday, with slightly more than 6,200 COVID patients currently in local hospitals.

Numbers in both categories are down significantly from just a few weeks ago, but are still considerably higher than before the current surge began in November.

The good news also comes with a familiar warning: we still have a long way to go before life can go back to normal.

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And with outdoor dining and other businesses reopening as soon as Friday, and with the Super Bowl coming up a week from Sunday, public health director Barbara Ferrer urged residents to play it safe:

"We can't repeat the mistakes of the past. It will be tragic if the Super Bowl becomes a super spreader of coronavirus."

The county also reported 307 deaths Wednesday, almost breaking a single-day record. We've logged more than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in the past 10 days.

READ YESTERDAY'S UPDATE:

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NUMBERS:

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