All key metrics show COVID-19 spiking in LA

By Emily Jo Wharry Contributing Writer

According to key metrics, the coronavirus is spreading in L.A. At 13.7%, this week’s average daily case rate is nearly double that of last week. The average daily rate of positive test results has also increased from 3.8% to 5.3%, and the number of hospitalizations has surpassed 1,000 people for the first time in months. — ABC Los Angeles

An Echo Park church has resumed in-person services despite state and county bans on indoor gatherings. — The Eastsider

California hospital workers report feeling overwhelmed as the number of incoming patients drastically increases. — CBS Los Angeles

L.A. County officials are considering implementing a new stay-at-home order if cases continue to spike. The number of coronavirus hospitalizations over the past month has increased by 60%. — L.A. Times

Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech have announced a 95% efficacy rate for their COVID-19 vaccines. — CNN

Curative, the company that runs L.A.’s COVID-19 testing sites, is preparing to transition its facilities into vaccine distribution centers. — NBC Los Angeles

A regional breakdown of new cases. Data from NYT. Inform and help, don’t shame others.

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Full coverage: A person stops for a photo while wearing a face covering, sunglasses and a hat. Photo by Afonso Salcedo.

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