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COVID-19: What It Looks Like At One L.A. County Hospital

KRAKOW, POLAND - APRIL 09: A health worker wears a protective mask and suit as she performs  an antibody test for COVID-19 at the Dworska Hospital on April 9, 2020 in Krakow, Poland. The 20 minute coronavirus test was bought from China and created in cooperation with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Poland's Chief Sanitary Inspectorate has advised a high degree of caution when approaching the results because neither a negative or positive result releases a patient from compliance with sanitary requirements. Poland has reported over 5,000 cornfirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and 174 deaths. (Photo by Omar Marques/Getty Images)
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A health worker wears a protective mask and suit as she performs an antibody test for COVID-19 at the Dworska Hospital on April 9, 2020 in Krakow, Poland.

Yesterday, L.A. County reported 472 new coronavirus cases and 42 new deaths, the highest in a single day so far. The total number of cases in L.A. county is now 10,496.

Yesterday, L.A. County reported 472 new coronavirus cases and 42 new deaths, the highest in a single day so far. The total number of cases in L.A. county is now 10,496. The total number of deaths is now 402, bringing the fatality rate up to 3.8%. 

In an interview with KPCC's Nick Roman on Wednesday, Barbara Ferrer, the director of L.A. County's Public Health Department, said people should not be discouraged by the rising numbers: "We've always predicted that as soon as we saw more testing we were going to see more cases, and we actually think our cases will probably get up to about 1,000 a day for at least a week or two weeks while we ramp up testing and before we actually are able to get to the other side of the pandemic."

What do these numbers translate into for one hospital in L.A. County? Dr. Anish Mahajan is the chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a safety-net hospital operated by L.A. County. The hospital has been working on ramping up its capacity and ensuring that staff is equipped with the proper personal protective gear.

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Anish Mahajan, M.D., chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a safety-net hospital operated by L.A. County; tweets

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