Los Angeles County Lifts Cremation Limit as Coronavirus Deaths Surge

Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner National Guard members assisting with processing COVID-19 deaths placing them into temporary storage at the medical examiner-coroner's office in L

The Los Angeles County Air pollution control officials said on Sunday that it will lift the cremation limit due to the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths.

According to the report, the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued the emergency order on Sunday.

Just a few weeks ago, Los Angeles County reported that their ambulance vehicles were under strict orders on what situations require transporting individuals to emergency rooms and which ones do not. News of this comes after it was reported that LA was reportedly gearing up for the "worst conditions" of the pandemic.

"Presence of the United Kingdom variant in Los Angeles County means virus transmission can happen more easily and residents must more diligently follow the safety measures put in place to prevent additional cases, hospitalizations, and deaths", officials noted in the statement.

There are 28 crematoriums which can now process more bodies over the next 10-day period.

© Provided by CBS News This January 12, 2021, file photo provided by the LA County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner shows National Guard members assisting with processing COVID-19 deaths and placing them into temporary storage at the LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner Office in Los Angeles. "Mobile mortuaries" have already been set up outside hospitals in Los Angeles County, where a person dies of coronavirus every eight minutes, the county said last week on Twitter.

"The Coroner has determined that the current rate of deaths in Los Angeles County is more than double that of pre-pandemic years, and anticipates that another surge is approaching as a result of the New Year's holiday", he said.

While California has the second-highest number of deaths in the country, the state ranks 39th in the number of deaths per capita at 81.8.

For several consecutive days, Los Angeles County continues to suffer the impact of COVID-19.

"The crematory is no longer enough", Gori had said.

This is the reason why Los Angeles County Officials are asking for the fast rollout and vaccination because this will help reduce infections and deaths.



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