Los Angeles County now has more than 88,000 residents diagnosed with COVID-19.
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Los Angeles County has more cases of coronavirus than any other county in the US. USA Starting Wednesday morning.
LA has more than 88,500 residents diagnosed with COVID-19, followed by 87,700 cases in Cook County, Illinois, and 64,000 cases in Queens in New York City.
For comparison, the entire state of Florida has 109,000 cases as of Wednesday morning, even with its biggest one-day increase of 5,500.
Los Angeles County has around 10 million residents, while Florida’s population is approximately 21.4 million.
In Los Angeles County’s fight against the virus, Los Angeles International Airport is implementing thermal camera technology, and city officials are conducting mobile tests on about 25,000 people in 15 Los Angeles public housing developments.
Los Angeles County continues to reopen in phases. Among the open facilities are: bars, wineries, public pools, beaches and docks, day camps, gyms and museums.
Concert halls, nightclubs, youth sports leagues, and movie theaters are among the businesses that are still closed.
On Monday, the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, revealed that she received death threats due to the pandemic.
Ferrer said he was holding a COVID-19 briefing on Facebook Live in May “when someone casually suggested that I be shot.”
“I did not see the message immediately, but my husband did, my children did, and my colleagues did,” Ferrer said in a statement.
“One of the reasons I am running these briefings is to protect the extraordinary Los Angeles County Public Health team from these attacks that have been occurring, by email, public publications and letters, since March,” he continued. “It is deeply troubling to imagine that our doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, and environmental health specialists who are working hard on infectious diseases or any of the other members of our team would have to face this level of hatred.”
“Our job and our calling is to keep as many people as safe as possible during this pandemic,” said Ferrer. “While frustration overflows in our communities as people end this virus, this virus does not end with us.”
Scott Withers of ABC News contributed to this report.