Los Angeles County’s Covid-19 hospitalizations are at an all-time high, with 10 times the number of people in hospital from just two months ago.
According to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH), 7,181 patients were in the hospital Tuesday -- 267 more than Monday. Around 20% of those in hospital are in the intensive care unit (ICU).
On October 29, there were 750 people hospitalized with the disease.
LADPH is reporting 227 new deaths, which is a record for the highest number of fatalities reported in a day, although authorities attributed the high number in part to a reporting delay from last week’s Spectrum power outage and the holidays.
The county also announced 12,979 newly confirmed cases Tuesday.
In context: LA County is home to nearly 10 million people, making it the most populous county in the US.
The county alone has reported more coronavirus cases than many countries, including Belgium and Canada. Since the beginning of the pandemic, LA County has seen 746,089 cases of Covid-19 and is inching toward 10,000 deaths, with 9,782 lives lost.