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New cases are more than triple the level in September.
In the space of two months, Los Angeles County went from making significant progress in the fight against COVID-19 to stumbling to the point where the health care system is at risk of being overwhelmed. The number of new cases recorded in November was more than three times that tallied in September.
In the just-concluded month, the region saw 93,301 new COVID-19 cases, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. That marks the highest monthly total since the coronavirus began spreading across the region in March.
The previous record was the 84,952 cases identified in July.
The November tally is more than the previous two months combined.
Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer is among those sounding the alarm bells.
“We are at the most difficult moment in the pandemic,” Ferrer said during the department’s prepared briefing on Nov. 30. “The virus is running rampant through almost every part of our county, and our most sensible course of action is to make sure that everyone is always masked when they are around any others outside their household.”