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The Los Angeles Daily News interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about an apparent drop in COVID-19 cases in southern California
An unusually long coronavirus surge appears to have peaked in Southern California, with new cases and hospitalization numbers finally starting to decline.
On Wednesday, July 20, there were 2,154 people with confirmed COVID-19 cases in the hospital in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. By Monday, Aug. 1, the latest day available, that had ticked down to 1,967. And in the week ending Tuesday, Aug. 2, health departments in those four counties reported just over 60,000 new cases, down from about 72,000 the week ending Tuesday, July 19.
Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, an infectious disease expert and professor at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, said those are encouraging signs.