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COVID-19: LA County Death Rate Rises, Cases Worldwide Grow




A person in a face covering rollerblades on a crosswalk during the coronavirus pandemic on April 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
A person in a face covering rollerblades on a crosswalk during the coronavirus pandemic on April 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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On Wednesday afternoon, L.A. County reported 620 new cases and 29 new deaths, marking a rise in the mortality rate to 2.6%. There have now been more than 7,500 total confirmed cases here. Meanwhile, the United States is among a number of countries experiencing large-scale epidemics. 

At a press briefing Wednesday, L.A. County public health director Barbara Ferrer said that 131 institutions in the county have at least one case. Those include assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, shelters, treatment centers, supportive living, and correctional facilities. As of Wednesday, there are 596 total cases in these settings, including 314 among residents and 282 among staff. Ferrer stressed that for the cases reported in institutional settings, the majority are not outbreaks. So far, L.A. County is reporting 198 deaths. As of Wednesday, 1,714 people have been hospitalized in the county at some point during their illness. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the latest with the coronavirus pandemic with a physician. We’ll also continue taking your questions. Call 866-893-5722. 

With files from Laist. Read the full story here.

Guest:

Peter Chin-Hong, M.D., infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center; he tweets @PCH_SF