Los Angeles County surpasses 5,000 COVID-19 deaths

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Masked shoppers walk through Santee Alley while following posted safety guidelines. (Photo by Afonso Salcedo)

In the hard-hit Inland Empire, hospitalizations are beginning to decrease.

After announcing 64 deaths Tuesday, L.A. County has now surpassed 5,000 COVID-19 related deaths. — The Malibu Times, NBC Los Angeles

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Inland Empire have dipped, a hopeful change from last month when the region reported record-high numbers. — L.A. Times

A San Fernando Valley man — who has since fled the U.S. — was charged with fraudulently acquiring $860,000 in Paycheck Protection Program loans. — NBC Los Angeles

The Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences announced the cancellation of all fall sports.This will be the first time USC and UCLA have missed a rivalry game in almost a century. — L.A. Times

A recent study by the UC Berkeley Labor Center found that if California had enough personal protective equipment at the start of the pandemic, at least 15,800 essential workers would not have contracted the virus. — L.A. Times

More than 300 inmates known to be infected with the coronavirus have been released from California prisons as of this week. — Lost Coast Outpost/CalMatters