Health officials said Los Angeles became the first county in the country to file more than 1 million coronavirus cases.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said that more than 14,669 new cases arose Saturday, with a total count of 1,003,923.
The serious milestone comes as 7,597 people are currently hospitalized with the virus and at least 13,741 people have died.
Barbara Ferrer, director of the county’s Department of Public Health, said, “Our community is experiencing heavy losses in the winter, five times the summer we experienced, many of which resulted in hospitalizations and deaths.”
Health officials on Saturday also confirmed their first case of a new strain of coronovirus, first discovered in the United Kingdom.
The patient is a man who has recently spent time in the county and has now traveled to Oregon, where he is separating.
“This more contagious version makes it easier to spread the infection to the workplace, shops and our homes,” Ferrer said. “We are in the midst of a public health emergency, so you will do everything you can to protect yourself and those you love.”