L.A. County sees progress in fight against COVID-19, but health officials ask for continued vigilance

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Pedestrians wearing facemasks walk past a prevent the spread of Covid-19 banner in Los Angeles, California on January 19, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

Pedestrians wearing facemasks walk past a prevent the spread of Covid-19 banner in Los Angeles, California on January 19, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 5,925 new cases of the coronavirus and 124 related deaths, a further sign that the outbreak may be leveling off but that comes at a time when the state has begun relaxing restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

Case numbers tend to be lower on the weekends because not all laboratories report results. Still, the data bolster evidence that the region is emerging from a vicious surge that started in late October and nearly overwhelmed area hospitals.

Hospitalizations have also continued to decline since peaking earlier this month. There were 5,398 COVID-19 patients in L.A. County hospitals as of Saturday, a decrease of about 26% percent from two weeks before, when there were 7,322 patients.

“Although some restrictions were just lifted in our County, we are still in a very dangerous period in terms of cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health, said in a statement. “We all want our businesses currently operating to remain open and more to reopen safely in the future. Our case rates must continue to come down.”

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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