California reports record virus death count as cases spiral

A health care worker conducts testing for COVID-19 at the drive-thru testing site at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore managed and operated by Riverside University Health System Public Health Department. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California reported more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases and 293 deaths on Wednesday, setting new daily records as hospitals struggled to keep up with the surge. Southern California and the state's Central Valley — regions that together include 23 counties and most of the state's nearly 40 million residents — had exhausted their regular supply of intensive care beds and many hospitals were tapping into their “surge" capacity. Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the transmission of the virus is rampant and noted two people are dying every hour in the county. “We’re experiencing an explosive and very deadly surge,” Ferrer said. LA County Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly said “hospitals are under siege and
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