Amid improving COVID-19 trends, LA County nears another grim milestone in the pandemic.
"Half a million people have passed away across our nation and here in LA County we are approaching the terrible milestone of 20,000 deaths," says Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. "Let us remember and honor all those who have passed with a moment of silence."
While the losses continue to mount, the county is seeing big drops in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
"I do want to thank everyone for making this steep decline in cases possible. This wasn't a miracle and the significant drop in our case numbers reflects actions and choices taken by millions of residents, workers and employers. Should we continue to see less cases we can move forward in our recovery as lower case rates allow for other sector re-openings," she says.
Public health officials remain on guard for any bump in cases due to gatherings that may have taken place over Super Bowl weekend.