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Morning Briefing: Doctors Brace For A Surge

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Coronavirus is roaring back into L.A. with a vengeance, and the situation is getting serious (again). Speaking to Elly Yu, an emergency room doctor who works in downtown L.A. said that hospitals are bracing for a surge (... again).

“Patients being held in the emergency room waiting to go upstairs to a bed” is now an everyday occurrence, said the doctor, who did not want to be identified. “We are about to enter a very, very difficult several weeks.”

This news comes as more than 2,000 Angelenos are currently hospitalized with the virus – an all-time high, up from 1,400 four weeks ago. In California, 11,694 new cases were reported on Tuesday.

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Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County’s public health director, said the region has reached a “critical juncture.”

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and wear your damn mask.

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