LA County surpasses 5,000 COVID-19 hospitals, reports 4 new cases of MIS-C in children

Los Angeles (KABC) – Los Angeles County on Friday broke its record for the number of people currently hospitalized for COVID-19, with more than 5,000 reporting.

The county announced a total of 5,100 hospitalizations, along with 79 new deaths and 16,504 additional cases of COVID-19. Four additional cases of coronovirus-linked multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, known as MIS-C, were also reported.

Currently 20% of the hospitalized people are in ICU.

“La County County of Public Health” said, “Since Monday, La County has reported more than 71,000 new COVID-19 cases; an acceleration of cases never seen before in our community.” “As the number of cases continues to increase, the total number of individuals who will become seriously ill or pass away will also increase.”

Health officials say the current rate of hospitalization is “alarming speed”.

Meanwhile, four new cases of MIS-C bring the total number of cases in LA County to 49. All 49 children were hospitalized with rare disease. Last week, the county confirmed that one child died of MIS-C, the first such death in the county.

In late October, Los Angeles County health officials reported a total of 43 known cases locally.

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