Another 142 new deaths and 29,464 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded Saturday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, as the coronavirus continued to spread across Southern California over the Christmas holiday weekend.

The high case number reflected 13,185 new cases reported Saturday and 15,538 cases from Friday, along with 131 new deaths counted Friday and five new deaths tallied Saturday.

Cumulatively, LA County has recorded 706,448 positive cases of COVID-19 and 9,438 deaths.

As of Saturday, 6,770 people were hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 20% of those–or 1,354 people–in the ICU, according to Public Health.

More than 90% of the people who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions, the department said in a statement released Saturday:

“Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 8,897 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 52% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 24% among White residents, 14% among Asian residents, 9% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 315 cases and three deaths reported earlier were not LA County residents.”

The county said that test results for more than 4.5 million people were available, with 15% of people testing positive.

For more information on cases by neighborhood and a breakdown of cases by ethnicity, click here.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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