LA County COVID Continues to Surge – Hospitals Run Short on Morgue Space

On Sunday, Jan. 10, 2020, Los Angeles County reported 14,482 new cases of COVID-19 and 166 fatalities, bringing the county’s pandemic totals to 920,177 cases and 12,250 deaths.

The number of coronavirus hospitalizations was 7,964, showing a very slight decrease for the second consecutive day. It was 8,074 on Friday. Intensive care accounted for 22% of hospitalizations.

Southern California continues to have 0% ICU availability. In Los Angeles County, 78% of all ICU patients are being treated for coronavirus.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, nearly five million people have been tested for COVID-19 in the county since March of 2020, with 17% testing positive.

The death rate has led some hospitals running out of space to store bodies, particularly with overrun funeral homes unable to accept them.

County Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly noted, “We’re going to see high levels of hospitalizations and sadly, deaths over at least the next two to four weeks. We are hoping, urging the public to adhere more strictly to our control measures and hoping now that we’re beyond the holiday time to see a decline in cases, but we’ll be watching very closely.”



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