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Los Angeles County Notches a Much-Wanted Goose Egg

No COVID deaths reported on Sunday
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2021 7:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's the number every county hopes to register in the COVID fight: Zero. Los Angeles County on Sunday reported no COVID deaths for the first time in a long time, reports the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper notes that it's possible a lag in reporting times over the weekend might be partly responsible, but it's nevertheless a long-sought milestone for a county that has logged nearly 24,000 COVID deaths over the past year. The county had 390 COVID patients in hospitals over the weekend, a drop of 16% from two weeks ago. The downward trending numbers are why the county is expected to enter the state's least restrictive "yellow" tier this week, reports ABC News.

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New stats released on Tuesday are expected to confirm the new status, which will allow businesses to increase capacity. For instance, bars would be allowed to have 25% capacity indoors—current rules allow outdoor patrons only—and fitness centers can jump from 25% indoor capacity to 50%. Roughly 47% of county residents have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 31% are fully vaccinated. The county now has a rate of 1.9 new cases per day per 100,000 people, below the necessary threshold of 2 per 100,000 to reach "yellow" status. (The situation, however, remains dire in India, which led to an insensitive social media post by an official Chinese body.)

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