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L.A. County to address outbreak after highest single-day spike in number of COVID-19 deaths

L.A. County to address outbreak after highest single-day spike in number of COVID-19 deaths

Marissa Wenzke
2020-04-16 12:53:27

Los Angeles County health officials were expected to address the COVID-19 outbreak Thursday, a day after reporting a record single-day high in virus-related deaths.

California also saw a single-day peak in the statewide death toll as of Wednesday night, when 101 new deaths were reported that day for a total of 889 fatalities, according to the Los Angeles Times tracker, which reports data from health providers sooner than public officials.

Stay-at-home orders have been widely credited with helping to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state but the rising numbers signal the fight is far from over.

In L.A. County, public health officials reported another 42 deaths Wednesday, a day after another one-day high of 40 fatalities recorded Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, 402 people have died from the virus in the county — which amounts to nearly 49% of all fatalities recorded in California, according to data from public health officials. To put that in perspective, L.A. County holds just 25.5% of the state’s population, according to Census projections.

Health officials reported Wednesday that a total of 10,496 people had tested positive including 472 new cases reported that day alone.

As L.A. remains the…



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