LA Becomes First County To Top 1 Million COVID-19 Cases

Henrietta Brewer
January 20, 2021

In an online public meeting Tuesday night, a panel of Los Angeles County health officials briefed residents on the ongoing vaccine distribution effort, while dismissing a handful of myths they have heard. about COVID-19.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District on Sunday issued an emergency order for 10 days to "suspend certain permit conditions for crematories".

The air pollution control agency typically restricts the amount of bodies that are allowed to be cremated every month in order to protect the area's air quality, according to the report.

LA County is now seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases and has reported 13,848 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Los Angeles County also announced it had detected its first case of a more transmissible strain of the coronavirus.

According to reports, Los Angeles has become the first county to top over one million COVID-19 cases.

Although set to expire at midnight on January 27, the order can be extended. The order could be extended if needed, reports.

"The current rate of death is more than double that of pre-pandemic years, leading to hospitals, funeral homes, and crematoriums exceeding capacity without the ability to process the backlog of cases", the agency said, adding that funeral homes, which plan to exceed cremation limits should file a notice citing capacity and temperature requirements. Los Angeles County's Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer warned that the presence of the United Kingdom variant in Los Angeles is troubling, as the county's healthcare system is already severely strained.

As the coronavirus's death toll rises, environmental regulators in L.A. County have eased restrictions on the number of cremation performed each month at the request of county health officials. "Our community is bearing the brunt of the winter surge, experiencing huge numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, five-times what we experienced over the summer".

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