Los Angeles County hit another disturbing milestone Tuesday, exceeding 11,000 COVID-19 deaths. Officials warned of grim weeks ahead amid a new post-Christmas surge that is expected to put pressure on already overwhelmed hospitals.
The county has reported more than 1,000 deaths since Dec. 30, according to health officials, including 224 on Tuesday.
L.A. County is a national epicenter of COVID, but the problem extends across many other parts of California. After a relative New Year’s lull, the state on Monday reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day, more than 74,000, according to a Times tally of local health jurisdictions.