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Report: California hits new record with 442 COVID-19 deaths in one day 

–LA Times reports–

–California broke the single-day record for COVID-19 deaths yet again Tuesday, logging 442 fatalities in an LA Times county-by-county tally of local health jurisdictions — a number equivalent to someone dying of the disease every three minutes.

More than half of those deaths — 242 — were of Los Angeles County residents, according to The Times’ survey. That’s a record high in a single day for the nation’s most populous county, a count boosted in part by a backlog of reports from the Christmas weekend.

Most hospitals in California are no longer able to offer regular hospital services, switching instead to “contingency care,” says Dr. Mark Ghaly, the California health and human services secretary, in which staff are asked to work longer shifts, hospital rooms are reconfigured to hold more beds than originally intended, scarce supplies are conserved or even reused and the movement of patients within the hospital is delayed because of a lack of space or staff.

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