California coronavirus cases near 120 000 protests closed testing sites worry health officials


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More than 4,400 people have died from coronavirus-related illness in California, and nearly 2,500 have died in Los Angeles County.

in Los Angeles County, as many sites were closed or operated under restricted hours during local protests.
The city has kept Dodger Stadium — its
largest coronavirus testing site
— open since Monday, and more sites have reopened each day since being shuttered amid a weekend of unrest.
“Los Angeles County is in the midst of fighting an unprecedented pandemic while also facing a state of emergency that impacts public safety,” Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of the county’s Department of Health Services, said in a statement.
“We need to ensure our testing sites are safe for both patients and staff.”
The number of people who have tested positive for the virus — and the number of deaths linked to the virus — continue to rise in the county, though at a much less rapid clip.
As of Thursday, there were more than
and nearly 2,500 deaths.
Over the past week, the county has averaged 1,201 new cases and 35.4 new deaths per day.

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