COVID Skyrockets in Los Angeles

LA becomes the first county in America to reach 1 million cases.

February 9, 2021

Shamiya Lin

Writer at Motus News

On January 16, Los Angeles officially became the first county in the United States to record 1 million Covid-19 cases.
The public health officials have now confirmed that there is at least one case of the UK variant of coronavirus in a man who spent some time in Los Angeles, and is now on quarantine in Oregon. Officials of the county believe that the variant has begun the spread.

This morning, Los Angeles reported 1,031,874  confirmed coronavirus infections and 14,122 deaths. However, public health officials cautioned that the actual number of Covid-19 cases could be much higher due to the large amounts of asymptomatic patients and the new variant that is shown to be more contagious.

Although community organizations have been distributing COVID care kits including face masks, gloves, and disinfectants to prevent the spread; the numbers have continued to escalate. Experts have pointed out that a reason for the height in spread of coronavirus cases is the high population density and multigenerational living in Los Angeles’ hardest hit neighborhoods, such as the San Fernando Valley. The hope now turns to the vaccination opportunities to allow the least amount of loss within the community.

"We are very hopeful that our allocation of doses increases enough for us to begin vaccinating seniors before the end of the month,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, L.A. county’s public health director said in a statement.

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