Los Angeles reports the death of one covid every eight minutes

A refrigerated overflow mortgage container outside the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Los Angeles, California.
Refrigerated Overflow Morg Container outside the Los Angeles County Department Medical Examiner-Coroner in Los Angeles, California, January 6, Bing Guan / Bloomberg / Getty Images

One person dies from covid-19 every eight minutes in Los Angeles, according to a new county tweet.

More than 11,000 Los Angeles County residents have died from Covid-19 since the outbreak began. More than 5,000 of them have died in the past two months, according to the LA County Department of Public Health.

“People who were living otherwise healthy, productive lives are now going through the potential for the Covid-1 virus,” LA County Health Director Barbara Farrell said Wednesday.

There has been a 941% increase in cases since November 1 and so far, the rate of new cases in January has doubled in December, according to Ferrer. In the past two months, LA County’s positivity rate has risen from 8.8% to 21.8%.

The number of people admitted to the hospital on November 1 is 10 times higher, and health services director Christina Gali warns that there is likely to be a further surge in the next two weeks. More than 8,000 people are currently hospitalized, with 20% in intensive care units and 19% on ventilators.

Los Angeles County hospitals are still operating in emergency care, but given the overwhelming demand, emergency care can move forward. If that happens, patients could be relocated to other areas and all hospitals will have to prevent alternative surgeries.