The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced 69 more coronavirus-related fatalities on Friday. That’s much higher than the average number of daily COVID-related deaths reported last week, which was about 38. The new deaths increased the countywide death toll related to the pandemic to 4,624. County health officials have been warning about an anticipated increase in deaths, following a sharp increase in hospitalizations that began in mid July, roughly two weeks after the Fourth of July weekend. Officials are blaming the rise in fatalities on numerous public gatherings that weekend, despite health restrictions banning them. “As we are seeing increases these past few days in the numbers of people dying from COVID-19, the reality of the devastation cannot be ignored,” L.A. County public health director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “Nor can we ignore the reality that there are actions each person can take to prevent these tragic outcomes.” Related Story California Coronavirus Update: First Teen Death From Virus Confirmed In State As Death Toll Passes 9,000 Officials confirmed another 2,651 new coronavirus cases on Friday. The countywide total of cases from throughout the pandemic rose to 188,541. COVID-19 Daily Update:pic.twitter.com/QZaztKCIaE — LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) July… Read full this story
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