LA nurses among the first vaccinated in California

By Emily Jo Wharry Contributing Writer

The first shipment of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has arrived in California, and this afternoon, the first health care workers were vaccinated at an L.A. County hospital. Yesterday was the first day since the pandemic began that more than 4,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County. The county will attempt to vaccinate 6 million people over the next six months. — FOX Los AngelesCBS Los AngelesThe Antelope Valley Times

While health officials estimate that the first vaccine shipment will cover about 2.5% of L.A. County residents, Mayor Eric Garcetti is urging Angelenos to follow pandemic protocols throughout what will be a lengthy rollout. — KTLA

Over the last week, California’s COVID-19 cases rose 53.8%, with 211,235 new cases reported. L.A. County accounted for a majority of the new cases. —  Desert Sun

Caseloads have grown so large for L.A. County public defenders that some are falling ill to stress while representing as many as 70 people at a time. — KTLA

Masked Angelenos at Echo Park Lake on a Friday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2020. Photo by Jose Tobar.

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