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A Surge Of COVID-19 Cases And Deaths In Los Angeles

People sit in their car as health care workers draw their blood at the Southside Church of Christ in Los Angeles, California, on January 18, 2021 as free rapid Covid-19 antibody and PCR tests are administered to local residents.
People sit in their car as health care workers draw their blood at the Southside Church of Christ in Los Angeles, California, on January 18, 2021 as free rapid Covid-19 antibody and PCR tests are administered to local residents.

Los Angeles County is the first in the country to reach one million cases of COVID-19.  Plus, a new, potentially more contagious, variant of coronavirus has also cropped up in several counties in Southern California.

Deaths in L.A. County have reached such a high level that local environmental officials now are allowing more bodies to be cremated.

The county has also opened five new large-scale vaccination sites, including at Dodger Stadium. Mayor Eric Garcetti says that location will be the largest vaccination site in the United States.

From KCRW’s Caleigh Wells’ reporting:

Tiahna Herrera arrived on Friday to find a sea of traffic cones and very few cars, reminiscent of a weekday at Disneyland. Once she showed the documentation proving she was a health care worker, she and a group of cars were funneled into one of several vaccination pods.

“They rolled down my window, they had a little cart with an ice chest, and the vaccines are in there. There’s probably like four carts going around, just giving you the vaccine,” she said.

After the required 15-minute recovery period, her group of cars was released to make room for the next wave. She made it through in 45 minutes.

Find our complete coverage of the COVID-19 crisis.

We talk with a reporter on the ground about the skyrocketing COVID-19 case levels in Los Angeles County

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