LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County continues to see "terrifying increases" in COVID-19 cases along with hospitalizations that are putting a growing strain on the region's health care system, county officials said Wednesday.
The county reported another 5,987 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, one day after reporting a record-high 7,593 new cases.
The county also reported 40 additional deaths and more than 2,400 people currently hospitalized.
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"We're seeing terrifying increases in numbers in L.A. County that can only be turned around if everyone - businesses and individuals - carefully use the tools we have to slow the spread," said county health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.
The county has now reached totals of 414,185 cases and 7,740 deaths since the pandemic began.
Ferrer presented some additional numbers that demonstrate just how severely the caseload has increased in Los Angeles over the past few weeks - without yet including the expected surge from Thanksgiving.
And the data shows the virus is disproportionately affecting the Latino community more than other ethnic groups. Latinos are testing positive, getting hospitalized, and dying at rates much higher than other groups:
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