Coronavirus deaths rise in L.A., Orange County

Coronavirus deaths rise in L.A., Orange County

Southern California counties continue to report high death tolls from the coronavirus. Orange County reported 31 new deaths Saturday. Los Angeles County tallied 50, which officials contrasted with last week, when an average of 38 people were dying each day. “The number of deaths we are seeing is a sad reminder of the devastation COVID-19 causes,” Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County health director, said in a statement. Statewide, at least 214 coronavirus-related fatalities were reported Friday, according to a Los Angeles Times tally, the fifth time in July California has broken a single-day record in reported cases, and the third time this week. The record was last broken on Wednesday, when 176 deaths were recorded. The average number of daily COVID-19 deaths in California for the seven days that ended Friday was 127. Last week, the number was 104. Experts say deaths are a lagging indicator of the virus’ impact, meaning they reflect infections that were acquired weeks before. COVID-19 cases have been rising since late May, when California reopened the economy and many people got back to old routines. Four of the deaths reported by Orange County were skilled nursing facility residents, and two were residents of assisted living facilities, authorities said. The county also reported 637 more cases of the virus, bringing its total to 36,833 cases and 649 deaths. There were fewer patients in county hospitals compared with four days ago — 546, versus 626 on Tuesday. L.A. County reported 2,303 new cases of the virus, bringing its total ...
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