COVID cases in L.A. County continue to climb, 27 more deaths reported

Man gets vaccinated in L.A. County.
Man gets vaccinated in L.A. County. Photo credit Mario Tama/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (KNX) — Los Angeles County reported 31,576 new COVID-19 cases Monday and 27 more deaths, but public health officials warn those numbers were likely to reflect reporting delays over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Officials said the new cases are 10 times the number of cases reported just one month ago on Dec. 17, when the county Department of Public Health reported 3,360 new cases.

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There are 4,564 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, which is nearly six times the number from a month ago, when 772 people were reported hospitalized.

“Our hearts and prayers are with all those mourning the loss of their loved ones from COVID,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “On this national holiday where we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, we remember his deep commitment to health equity. As Reverend King memorably said, ‘Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death.’ Tragically, we have seen this play out in real life and very clearly over the past two years with the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of color.”

Ferrer continued, “From the onset of the pandemic, communities of color have experienced the greatest devastation from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County and throughout the nation. As we continue to implement strategies – enforcing worker protections through our Health Officer Orders, providing resources needed by many to survive the impact of the pandemic, funding community-based organizations in hard hit areas to serve as trusted public health messengers, and increasing vaccination access in under-sourced neighborhoods – we also need to come together to address the impact that racism, historical disinvestment, and social marginalization have on COVID-19 outcomes.”

There are 2,289,045 COVID cases to date in the county and 28,086 COVID-related deaths.

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