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In the past few weeks, daily news has shifted rapidly from the coronavirus to the sweeping international protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Now, though, COVID-19 cases in L.A. County are back on the rise, and officials say ICU’s could fill up by the end of the month.

According to Christina Ghaly of the L.A. health services department, transmission rates have gone up slightly since officials eased stay-at-home orders.

“If transmission has indeed increased, as the recent data suggests it has, the model predicts that we'll have a continued increase in hospital patient volume over,” Ghaly said.

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

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

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Working World: With unemployment rates at record highs, an increasing number of Angelenos are turning to public housing. Meanwhile, a new analysis of unemployment claims in California finds more workers in the state are heading back to work.

L.A. Protests: A local doctor is treating protesters for free to support the cause.

Policing Authority: The question of how to reform policing has dominated the zeitgeist for the past several weeks, with some of the loudest voices opposing dramatic change coming from police unions. An audit of the West Valley Water District in Rialto found questionable hiring practices, no-bid contracts and unjustified credit card expenses.

Coronavirus Cases: L.A. County health officials say intensive care units could fill up in the next two to four weeks, as the spread of the coronavirus increases – and things are no better in some state prisons. On the same day Orange County officials announced 4 new deaths and 260 new coronavirus cases, they said masks will now be recommended instead of mandatory.

Keep Yourself Occupied: Take a break from the good, the bad and the ugly out in the world with a screening of pioneering queer cinema, a house music party, a radio race or the award-wining play Scraps.

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