- “Yesterday we had 259 deaths, that’s one more than all the homicides in 2019 in L.A. city combined,” he said. “In a single day, equal to a year of homicides.”
That said, Los Angeles has a population of 4 million people. The county has 10 million people total.
- “We are not, nor will we ever, become accustomed to these numbers as normal. Nor will I ever accept them as something we should just live with,” the mayor said, per CNN. “Because every single one of those means everything to somebody out there today.”
- “All of us need to continue to do more,” he said.
More issues in California:
Los Angeles has faced a number of issues with COVID-19 in recent weeks. Recently, crews were told “to treat and declare such patients dead on the scene to preserve hospital capacity,” according to The Washington Post.
- Similarly, Los Angeles County has been running out of oxygen to supply patients, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.
Why the recent surge?
Officials suggested recently that California has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases because the new COVID-19 variant originally seen in the United Kingdom has made its way to the state, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.
- “Hospitals are declaring internal disasters and having to open church gyms to serve as hospital units,” supervisor Hilda Solis said, per CNN.