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Morning Briefing: 1 Million Cases And Counting

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Good morning, L.A.

Yesterday, California hit a milestone we hoped not to see: 1 million coronavirus cases. The number comes amid restrictions being loosened throughout the state, and what experts have dubbed “pandemic fatigue.”

In L.A., the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Pacoima has the highest rate of cases in the county. Officials believe that may have to do with the high number of people employed as essential workers in the area.

“They have to go to work, and they may not have the benefit of paid time off,” said Dr. Christine Park, chief medical officer for a group of community health centers that includes one in Pacoima. “If they have symptoms, or if they test positive, not working means not getting paid."

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Photo of the Day

Mannequins wear facemasks in downtown L.A. as cases surge in the county, and California hits 1 million cases.

(Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

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