County exceeds 15,000 Covid-19 deaths – Deadline

Another week during the coronavirus pandemic, another dark stage for Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles surpassed the total of 15,000 coronavirus-related deaths, public health officials said on Saturday. The county has counted a total of 15,162 deaths and 1,064,887 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Statistics on Saturday show 269 new deaths and 10,537 new cases.

There are also 6,881 Angelenos hospitalized for the coronavirus, with 24% of patients receiving ICU treatment. The current number of hospitalizations marks the first time the county has reported fewer than 7,000 patients in nearly a month. However, Southern California continues to have 0% critical care capacity.

The county continues to make milestones as Angelenos begins receiving vaccines. Despite the hope that comes with the vaccine, the county has struggled to administer the vaccines. Los Angeles County Scientific Director Dr Paul Simon blamed the lack of doses and lingering uncertainty about future allocations on Friday. Vaccination sites will operate at a lower capacity.

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