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Los Angeles County COVID-19 deaths per day is equal to the city’s homicide deaths in a year

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti laid out a grim figure about the COVID-19 rate in California.

Margarita Hernandez, margarita Hernandez, who tested positive for the coronavirus, waits in a tent to see a doctor for her allergic reaction to medication at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.ho tested positive for the coronavirus, waits in a tent to see a doctor for her allergic reaction to medication at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.
Margarita Hernandez, who tested positive for the coronavirus, waits in a tent to see a doctor for her allergic reaction to medication at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.
Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said recently that the rate of COVID-19 deaths in Los Angeles County is equal to the amount of homicides in Los Angeles in an entire year, CNN reports.

  • “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.