LA County announced record-breaking 318 new coronavirus deaths; 18,313 new cases
Los Angeles County Public Health announced on Friday 318 new coronavirus-related deaths, the most ever in a single day.
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Today's grim milestone comes two weeks since Christmas Day and Dr. Paul Simon, Public Health Chief Science Officer, said, "This very clearly is the latest surge for the winter holidays and New Year's and it's likely to continue over the next week or two. We do expect these numbers continue to be high over the next couple weeks."
Of the 318 new deaths reported today, 24 people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and two people who died were between the ages of 18 and 29.
Public Health reported over 200 daily deaths this week and 18,313 new cases, bringing the total to 889,405
California Department of Public Health on Thursday announced that Vaccines would expand to all three tiers within the first phase starting Monday, which would include all frontline healthcare workers.
The County says. 8,074 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized and 20% of these people are in the ICU. The 3-day average for daily hospitalizations is 8,065; the highest the County has ever experienced.
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Today's single-day death record comes on the first anniversary of the county's first health alert on the coronavirus.