A bicyclist rides through MacArthur Park on a rainy afternoon on Dec. 28, 2020.
A bicyclist rides through MacArthur Park on a rainy afternoon on Dec. 28, 2020. Photo by Jose Tobar.

L.A. County Surpasses 10,000 COVID-19 Deaths

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

L.A. County’s current test positivity rate is 20%. That means one out of every five Angelenos tested has the virus.

L.A. County has surpassed 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. More than 7,500 people are currently hospitalized for the disease in the county. — CBS Los Angeles

Many local COVID-19 testing sites, including the one at Dodger Stadium, will be closed today and Friday for the holiday. — ABC Los Angeles

More than 800 supermarket workers in Southern California have tested positive for the virus. — NBC Los Angeles

Currently, one in five Angelenos tested for the virus is positive — that’s a 20% test positivity rate across L.A. County. — KTLA

L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn wrote Gov. Gavin Newsom requesting that Army National Guard medical staff and the USNS Mercy hospital ship return to L.A. to assist with the present surge. — ABC Los Angeles

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

L.A. County Reports Nearly 13,000 COVID-19 Cases in One Day

According to state health officials, the new, highly contagious strain of the coronavirus discovered in the United Kingdom is already in Southern California.

Yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that a new and highly contagious variant of the coronavirus — first identified in the United Kingdom — has been discovered in Southern California. That same day, L.A. County reported 12,979 new COVID-19 cases and 227 deaths. — Patch, CBS Los Angeles

About 25 to 50 maskless people gathered at a Fairfax District grocery store to protest L.A.’s COVID-19 restrictions. — NBC Los Angeles

Hospitals serving L.A.’s low-income communities of color are experiencing the biggest challenges in providing COVID-19 care to patients. — KTLA

A conservative evangelical singer is attempting to host multiple open-air maskless concerts in L.A. in defiance of health mandates. — The San Diego Union-Tribune

If the entirety of 2020 feels like a blur, here’s a month-by-month breakdown of how the pandemic swept through L.A. since January. — Los Angeles magazine

Researchers are finding that some coronavirus patients develop psychosis as one of their symptoms of the disease. — ABC Los Angeles

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Southern California to Remain in Lockdown as Area Hospitals Struggle with COVID-19 Surge

Every 10 minutes, another person in L.A. County dies from the virus.

One person dies every 10 minutes from coronavirus-related complications in L.A. County. — LAist

L.A. County has issued a mandatory 10-day quarantine order for anyone who has traveled outside the county. — NBC Los Angeles

Southern California will remain in the current lockdown for at least another month due to the state of intensive care unit capacity in the region. Half of all the hospital beds in L.A. County are filled with COVID-19 patients. — Eater Los Angeles, NBC Los Angeles

The L.A. County Department of Public Health issued more than 600 citations to businesses, churches and other establishments that violated virus precautions. Some restaurants and churches have been cited upwards of 13 times. — CBS Los Angeles

Monday, December 28, 2020

Beverly Hills Restaurant Under Fire for Planning Indoor NYE Dinner

Angelenos are bracing for a new wave of cases and hospitalizations following Christmas and New Year’s.

Over the weekend, L.A. County reported more than 26,000 new COVID-19 cases, and the daily positivity rate is above 17%. — LAist

A Beverly Hills restaurant was outed on social media for attempting to plan a “discreet” indoor New Year’s Eve dinner. — Los Angeleno

Public health officials are uncertain as to whether the new COVID-19 strain that has hit the UK and other countries is already spreading in the U.S. — ABC Los Angeles

L.A. health officials are predicting additional surges in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, stretching from mid-January to mid-February, as a result of holiday travel and family gatherings. — KTLA

More than 2,000 child care providers in California have permanently closed this year, putting a strain on low-income families and child care workers alike. — LAist

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