‘Worst Day’ of COVID Pandemic So Far, L.A. Cases Smash Records; May Herald Surge

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Tom Tapp on December 1, 2020.

“Today, Tuesday, December 1, 2020, is the worst day thus far of the Covid-19 pandemic in Los Angeles County,” county health director Barbara Ferrer said on Monday. “However, it will likely not remain the worst day of the pandemic in Los Angeles County. That will be tomorrow, and the next day and the next as cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase.” The numbers validate Ferrer’s grim words.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Tuesday announced the highest number of new Covid-19 cases that the county has ever experienced. Health officials confirmed 7,593 new cases, blowing past the previous high of 6,124 seen last week. It signals that the virus is infecting more people at a faster rate than ever in L.A. County, even as the county is delivering more tests than ever before.

The daily test positivity rate today is almost 12%, up from 7% just one week ago.

It was unclear from the Health Department statement if the rise being seen is the leading edge of a surge due to Thanksgiving travel and gatherings. Whatever the case, it does not bode well. …

Deadline Hollywood 12/1

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