• Matt Esnayra

LA County COVID-19 Update: CA Surpasses 3M Cases & County Pauses Cremation Limits

California has surpassed the grim milestone of 3 million coronavirus cases, the first state to do so, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

Why it matters:

The number of cases is not shocking, but the speed of community spread is the biggest takeaway. It took 11 months to reach two million cases. In the past two weeks, the state added another million cases that have crippled its health care system to the point that LA County health officials told ambulance crews not to take patients with little chance of survival to hospitals.

  • 1 million-plus of California's cases are in Los Angeles County, where about 1 in 10 people have been confirmed to have contracted the virus.

What's New:

  • LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis signed an executive order that instructed Public Health officials to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments open to residents 65 and older starting Thursday.

  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 88 new deaths and 9,927 new cases of COVID-19.

  • Public Health nearly 99% of all skilled nursing facilities in the County received and administered their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Several people at one California clinic had possible allergic reactions to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. State health officials told healthcare providers to halt administering the vaccine for the time being, per KTLA.

  • The South Coast Air Quality Management District has temporarily suspended environmental limits on the number of cremations allowed due to a "growing backlog of cremation cases," brought on by the pandemic.

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