As Los Angeles County nears 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases the Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss new restrictions for businesses.
The board is set to meet behind closed doors this afternoon.
There are reports that the supervisors may consider new closures – possibly for indoor malls and other non-essential businesses.
Speaking with Yahoo News, LA County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser addressed the direness of the current situation.
"Every five minutes somebody is dying from in LA County from COVID. It's really unbelievable," he says.
During the last 10 days, he said the 85 or so hospitals in the county, have had about 8,000 people with COVID in the hospital.
"And so we are working with them to figure out how can we expand care, how can we make sure people who need care are getting it," he says.
He also pointed to personal choices as the likely driving force behind the surge such as traveling and gathering with people outside a person’s household over the holidays.