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Morning Briefing: A Sliver Of Optimism For LA

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As some states in the U.S. slowly gain control over the coronavirus, the number of cases and hospitalizations in California continues to go up. And according to Carmela Coyle, a spokesperson for the California Hospital Association, the state could reach a breaking point soon; nearly 45,000 of its approximate 50,000 staffed hospital beds are currently taken.

Meanwhile, in L.A. County, the virus is poised to become the leading cause of death, beating out Alzheimer’s, non-coronary heart disease and stroke.

However, Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, believes there might be room for some optimism, as local increases in infections have begun to level off.

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This week could be "a critical turning point in determining whether our collective efforts are beginning to take us in a better direction,” Ferrer said.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Coronavirus Update: This week could be "a critical turning point in determining whether [L.A.’s] collective efforts are beginning to take us in a better direction," said Barbara Ferrer, the county's public health director. California reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases yet, and hospital officials say they’re concerned about having enough staff to care for patients.

For Your Listening Pleasure: In this week’s episode of Servant of Pod, host Nick Quah talks to Slate's Slow Burn host Josh Levin about making great audio.

The Children Left Behind: A UC Berkeley study finds the pandemic has ravaged the state's child care system.

‘Person’s A Person’: Local experts and activists react to President Trump’s memo directing officials to exclude immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission from the census numbers used to divide up congressional seats.

Photo Of The Day

Dodgers players and a manager watch the final out of a preseason game at Dodger stadium, wearing masks and standing in front of cardboard cutouts of fans. Welcome to summer.

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