LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 19,719 new COPID-19 cases and 218 additional deaths Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 871,404 and 11,545 deaths.

An E.R. doctor sends an ambulance outside the E.R. at East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital on 6th Street. January. (Photo: Bing Guan/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Too many people are spreading the virus, too many people are sick and hospitalized, and every person who dies is one too many, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the provincial health department.

Health officials also announced that 8,098 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, 20% of whom were treated in intensive care. Since the 3rd. In January, the number of hospitalized patients increased by more than 550.

A team of U.S. Department of Defense combat medics has been dispatched to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

The second team will arrive later this week in Los Angeles County + University of Los Angeles, where the staff is overwhelmed by the number of patients and seems to have a new shortage every day.

We’re running out of water, says Brad Spellberg, chief medical officer of County+USA. Sterile water is required for a specific type of ventilation for respirator wearers.

New rules were also issued for Los Angeles paramedics, who often had to wait eight hours at hospitals to discharge their sick patients. The new rules allow paramedics to immediately drop off patients in tents where someone will care for them until a bed or supplies are available.

Also on Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration said Curative’s tests carry the risk of false negatives and should only be used on people with symptoms.

The city of Los Angeles is using the tests at ten of its facilities, including Dodger Stadium, which is being defended by Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is training.

A third of the tests we did were on asymptomatic people, he said. That’s 92,000 that wouldn’t have spread otherwise.

Los Angeles County reportedly stopped using Curative’s tests in June, and Curative said it was cooperating with the FDA, though the company pointed out that each test comes with specific warnings about limits.

The agencies also required companies to implement all safety measures and corporate protocols to prevent the transmission of COWID-19 among employees, customers, and residents.

Everyone in Los Angeles County, businesses and residents need to follow the rules if there is any chance we can get out of this flooding by the end of the month, Ferrer said. Every day we report a large number of people recently infected with VIDOC-19. It’s like a restart for a time when we can get back on the road to recovery.

Between six hours. December 2020 and the 3rd. In January, the Department of Health filed a total of 143 complaints against businesses for failing to comply with local health ordinances. These include restaurants, gyms, personal care centers, hair salons, places of worship, and shopping centers.

According to the department, 526 citations have been issued since the end of August.

With test results available for nearly 4,890,000 people, the overall positivity rate for the county was 17%. The positivity of the daily Thursday test was 20.4%.

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