Covid-19 has now become the leading cause of death in Los Angeles County, according to Health Director Barbara Ferrer.
An average of 44 people die of coronavirus in the county each day.
“More people are dying each day from Covid-19, than from other diseases that we track and get information on,” Ferrer said.
There were 68 new deaths reported in Los Angeles today, bringing the county’s total to 797.
Heart disease is usually the leading cause of death in L.A., and is typically the cause in an average of 31 deaths each day, Ferrer said. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema are responsible for eight deaths each day, while five people die from the flu each day.
Los Angeles has recorded 17,508 coronavirus cases to date, accounting for nearly half of all confirmed infections in the state of California.