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LA County Reports 1,313 New COVID Cases, 22 Deaths

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L.A. County health officials on Sunday confirmed 1,313 new cases of coronavirus and 22 deaths. Currently, there are 1,176 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and 31% of them are in an ICU.

Today’s update brings the total number of cases to 1,203,152, and deaths to 22,029.

In recent weeks, L.A. County and City officials have been making a concerted effort to provide vaccinations to as many Angelenos as possible, as new tiers of eligibility open up. On March 1, teachers, food and agriculture workers, law enforcement and others became eligible. On March 15, people ages 16-64 with underlying health conditions will become eligible.

L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Thursday said the county is “very close” to moving from the state’s most restrictive tier — purple — to the next, slightly more permissive red tier.

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"The [current] number is 7.2 new cases per 100,000 residents," she told us last week. "The number we need to get to is 7."

The red tier would allow more indoor businesses to open at limited capacity, including restaurants and retail.