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COVID-19: Leading Cause Of Death In LA County, Vaccine Trials Begin At Oxford




Medical laboratory scientist, Alicia Bui, runs a clinical test in the Immunology lab at UW Medicine looking for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, a virus strain that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on April 17, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.
Medical laboratory scientist, Alicia Bui, runs a clinical test in the Immunology lab at UW Medicine looking for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, a virus strain that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on April 17, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.
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As of Thursday afternoon, L.A. County has 17,537 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 797 deaths, and Wednesday, April 22 marked the deadliest 24 hours of coronavirus in the state.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom reported Thursday that 1,469 people died the previous day, underscoring the vital responsibility to stay home and limit the spread of the virus. Earlier this month, Newsom announced a framework of six parameters he says it will take to reopen the state's economy. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a similar five-pillar plan. According to the L.A. Times, which has been tracking COVID-19 cases, L.A. County health officials announced coronavirus is now the leading cause of death in the county, surpassing things like the flu and heart disease.

Meanwhile, some states are starting to slowly reopen businesses. Barber shops, nail salons, gyms and a few other businesses reopened in Georgia on Friday as the Republican governor eased a month-long shutdown despite warnings from health experts of a potential new surge of coronavirus infections. As some customers ventured back to these venues, the confirmed number of coronavirus deaths in the United States passed 50,000, according to a tally compiled by John Hopkins University from government figures. There is now hope a vaccine could be coming soon. According to ABC News, clinical trials are beginning at the University of Oxford, which will test for possible treatments in humans.  

With files from LAist and the Associated Press. Read the full LAist story here.

Guest:

Robert Kim-Farley, M.D.,  professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; he served as the director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health from 2004-2018 and is a former senior official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).