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Coronavirus hospitalizations climbing sharply in L.A., likely the approaching wave

The Los Angeles Times interviewed UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor Dr. Robert Kim-Farley on the expected surge in hospitalization needs in Los Angeles County.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A steep rise in people being hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County likely signals the approach of a wave of extremely sick patients that could overwhelm hospitals in the coming weeks, experts say.

As of March 6, five people in the county had been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19. Two weeks later, on Friday, that figure had jumped to 48. By Monday, the total had climbed to 90.

Though the raw numbers remain relatively low, the rate of increase has set many doctors and nurses on edge after watching the disease’s alarming trajectory in China, Italy and now New York City.