As its COVID-19 case count has surpassed 800,000 total, Los Angeles County is the latest US hotspot, LAist reports.
Quick take on how the virus is accelerating in the county:
- 400,000 – number of cases between Jan. 26 and Nov. 30
- 400,000 – number of cases between Dec. 1 and Jan. 2
On Saturday, the county registered 138 deaths and 15,701 new cases.
The surge has exhausted health workers across the county and overwhelmed hospitals who must care for “intensely sick” COVID-19 patients with a paucity of resources, The Los Angeles Times reports. The state turned to the US Army to help 6 hospitals falling short of oxygen for patients.
“It’s literally World War III,” said Alhambra Hospital’s Nick Kwan.