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LA County Sets New Record For Daily COVID Cases

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A chart gives the latest coronavirus figures for Los Angeles County as of Dec. 3, 2020. (Credit: L.A. County Department of Public Health)
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Los Angeles County has, once again, shattered its single-day record for new coronavirus cases.

Health officials reported an additional 7,854 confirmed cases today, topping a record that was set just two days ago.

Another 44 people have died from COVID-19, while more than 2,500 patients are now hospitalized across the county.

The latest update comes as the state announced a new, regional stay-at-home plan, which groups several counties together and triggers new restrictions if that region's vacant ICU bed capacity falls below 15%.

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Christina Ghaly with the county Department of Health Services says even with rising hospitalizations and increased transmission, the county's current intensive care unit capacity is now around 24%:

"It hopefully reinforces the idea that hospitals can create capacity for additional COVID patients when they need to. However, that's not an unlimited ability."

Still, L.A. is one of 10 counties in the "Southern California" region, which also includes Inyo and Mono County along the border with Nevada. Just an hour or two before the county gave its update, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that projections show the region falling below 15% capacity in early December, and perhaps as soon as tomorrow.

OVERALL LOOK AT LA COUNTY NUMBERS:

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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, Dec. 2:

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