Los Angeles County Sets Highest Daily Record In COVID-19 Cases

Los Angeles reported its largest single day increase in new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Health officials added more than 3,100 to the growing list of coronavirus infections, which keep the county as the most affected area in the U.S. 

Los Angeles ended the first half of 2020 with rapidly increasing cases of COVID-19. The previous one-day record in the county was on June 29, with 2,903 new cases.

Figures continued to stay above 2,000 in early July. On Thursday, officials recorded 2,643 new cases reported and the highest case daily count on Friday with 3,187 confirmed coronavirus infections, KTLA reported Monday.

But new cases declined to 1,402 on Saturday. However, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said that records for that day did not include reports from one of the labs that test patient samples, which means Saturday’s case count would likely increase the number.

There were 30 new coronavirus-related deaths reported from Thursday to Saturday. But health officials also noted that number was an “undercount” since some deaths were still under verification.

Los Angeles County listed a total of 3,534 deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday and 116,570 confirmed infections. 

Challenges Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

The novel coronavirus has been bringing more patients to hospitals across Los Angeles. On Monday, there were 1,921 people hospitalized because of the virus, with 28 percent requiring intensive care and 18 percent placed on ventilators.

To help manage the spread of COVID-19 and its impacts, officials ordered to temporarily close county beaches for the Fourth of July holiday. L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer also called on residents and businesses to continue following safety measures, such as wearing facial coverings and physical distancing.

"As we go into the next two weeks, we will need to make sure that workplaces and retailers are protecting their employees and customers by fully implementing the safety directives in the Health Officer Order," she said in a statement.

The health order requires closure of indoor museums, zoos, aquariums, cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities. Gyms and fitness centers can resume operations but face coverings and gloves must be worn at all times.

Los Angeles COVID-19 patient Sailors assigned to the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) admit the first patient from Los Angeles medical facilities, March 29. U.S. Navy/Military Sealift Command

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