Covid-19 could be 2nd leading cause of death in Los Angeles

Coronavirus is on track to becoming the second leading cause of death in Los Angeles County, health officials said Wednesday.

The Department of Public Health reported another 64 deaths and 3,266 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 164,870, with 4,213 deaths due to the virus. The virus has killed more patients than any other illness except coronary heart disease during the first six months of this year, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

“This week, I believe, can be a critical turning point in determining whether our collective efforts are beginning to take us in a better direction,” Ferrer said. “The stakes are really high.”

Hospitalizations of coronavirus patients remain at troubling levels, with 2,207 people currently hospitalized — marking the fourth day in a row they have exceeded 2,200, officials said.

The number of hospitalizations has increased significantly since last month, reaching an all-time high of 2,232 people being treated Monday. And the largest increase in hospitalizations has been among children.

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