Los Angeles County public health officials reported 148 new Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, the second day in a row that the county reported its highest number of new deaths.
"A person now dies every 10 minutes in LA County from Covid-19," county Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. "And since many of these deaths are preventable, our collective focus should be on doing right to save lives."
According to the Department of Public Health's Thursday news release, there are about 6,500 people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the county, 20% of whom are in intensive care units -- a pandemic high. In the last week alone, the department said, the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals increased by more than 1,600.
"I hope we can each find the strength and courage to take responsibility for each other's well-being," Ferrer said, urging Southern Californians to follow public health guidelines like staying home and wearing a mask while out in public. "These are the only tools that will work right now."
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