About one in every five people getting tested for the coronavirus are positive — a quintupling since Nov. 1.

And conditions are expected to worsen in the coming weeks as people who got infected during the winter holidays get sick.

“Everyone should keep in mind that community transmission rates are so high that you run the risk of an exposure whenever you leave your home,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Assume that this deadly invisible virus is everywhere, looking for a willing host.”

Officials said they are continuing to battle the notion that masks are not needed, despite overwhelming evidence that they are essential in stopping the spread of the virus.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis and public health officials have expressed dismay at protesters who oppose wearing masks, including recent demonstrations at the Westfield Century City mall.

“We are in the midst of an unprecedented and dangerous surge,” Solis said. “Despite what protesters claim, this is not a hoax.”

California

California posts another single-day record for new coronavirus cases: 74,000

California

California posts another single-day record for new coronavirus cases: 74,000

California registered more than 74,000 new coronavirus cases Monday — 11% higher than the previous record for a single day.

Los Angeles County and the rest of Southern California remain under a stay-at-home order, which was extended last week. But officials are also offering more specific suggestions:

• If you’re going to work or to buy groceries, try to never remove your face covering when near others• Avoid eating or drinking with anyone not in your household• Wash or sanitize your hands every hour• Take a break from shopping• Don’t go to any gatherings with people outside your household• Exercise by yourself or only with others from your household

“The anticipated surge from the winter holiday gatherings is done. And tens upon tens of thousands of people are paying the price with new COVID-19 infections. The increases in cases are likely to continue for weeks to come, as a result of holiday and New Year’s Eve parties and returning travelers,” Ferrer said.

California

L.A. County’s new mandatory quarantine order for travelers is now official. Here’s how it works

California

L.A. County’s new mandatory quarantine order for travelers is now official. Here’s how it works

The California Department of Public Health on Nov. 13 issued an advisory urging Californians to stay home or in their region and avoid nonessential travel, including for tourism or recreation.

Officials have said the latest coronavirus surge was caused in part by holiday gatherings, beginning with Thanksgiving and then Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Infections linked to the latter two holidays will be apparent later this month, further jamming overwhelmed hospitals.

Workplaces have also been increasingly spreading the virus. Costcos, Targets, Walmarts and grocery stores have seen outbreaks, as have a variety of other job sites, including some TV production sets.

“If you had a workplace before where you had 500 workers, there might be one person who was infected, so the risk of transmitting it to a lot of people was lower,” Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, L.A. County’s chief medical officer, said Sunday. “But now, with the prevalence of infection at 1% or higher, if they have 500 employees, maybe five are infected. And it magnifies the chances it can spread in the workplace.”

California

California’s vaccine rollout has been too slow, Newsom says, with only 35% of doses administered

California

California’s vaccine rollout has been too slow, Newsom says, with only 35% of doses administered

California received about 1.3 million doses, but only about 454,000 people have received the vaccine, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

Latino: 1,696 coronavirus cases per 100,000 Latino residentsBlack: 752 coronavirus cases per 100,000 Black residentsWhite: 636 coronavirus cases per 100,000 white residentsAsian American: 519 coronavirus cases per 100,000 Asian American residents

Latino: 80 hospitalizations per 100,000 Latino residentsBlack: 58 hospitalizations per 100,000 Black residentsWhite: 26 hospitalizations per 100,000 white residentsAsian American: 26 hospitalizations per 100,000 Asian American residents

California posted a new single-day record for coronavirus cases Monday, logging more than 74,000, according to a Times tally of local health agencies.

That is 11% higher than the previous record, when 66,726 cases were registered Dec. 28. The state is now averaging about 37,000 cases a day over the last week, down from a high of about 45,000 in mid-December. But the situation is still far worse than the beginning of December, when 14,000 cases a day were recorded.

California also posted its sixth-highest daily tally of COVID-19 deaths Monday: 379. That raised the average number of deaths over the last week to 353 a day, the highest yet.

In Los Angeles County on Monday, an additional 79 coronavirus-related deaths and 10,851 new infections were reported. The county is now averaging 184 deaths a day over the last week — the equivalent of someone dying of COVID-19 every eight minutes — and about 13,500 cases a day, a count expected to grow because many testing sites were closed for the New Year’s holiday.

“It’s better to be lonely than to be sick. It’s better to care for others by following all the rules than to end up passing along the virus to someone who gets hospitalized or even dies,” Ferrer said.

Rong-Gong Lin II is a metro reporter based in San Francisco who specializes in covering statewide earthquake safety issues and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bay Area native is a graduate of UC Berkeley and started at the Los Angeles Times in 2004.

Luke Money is a Metro reporter covering breaking news at the Los Angeles Times. He previously was a reporter and assistant city editor for the Daily Pilot, a Times Community News publication in Orange County, and before that wrote for the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.

California

L.A. County’s new mandatory quarantine order for travelers is now official. Here’s how it works

California

L.A. County’s new mandatory quarantine order for travelers is now official. Here’s how it works

The California Department of Public Health on Nov. 13 issued an advisory urging Californians to stay home or in their region and avoid nonessential travel, including for tourism or recreation.

California

Ambulance crews told not to transport patients who have little chance of survival

California

Ambulance crews told not to transport patients who have little chance of survival

L.A. County health agency tells EMTs not to transport by ambulance those who have virtually no chance at recovery.

Housing & Homelessness

L.A. homeless sites ‘overwhelmed’ by COVID-19: ‘These are the toughest times’

Housing & Homelessness

L.A. homeless sites ‘overwhelmed’ by COVID-19: ‘These are the toughest times’

The coronavirus is finally hitting people living in L.A. County homeless shelters, after months of surprise the pandemic had not already ravaged a vulnerable community.

Television

David Spade knows he’s not America’s No. 1 star. He’s found other ways to survive

Television

David Spade knows he’s not America’s No. 1 star. He’s found other ways to survive

The Hollywood veteran opens up about the cancellation of his Comedy Central show, stand-up’s #MeToo reckoning and his history of dating famous women.

California

Palm Springs police exposed to coronavirus after man spits on them

California

Palm Springs police exposed to coronavirus after man spits on them

The man, who later tested positive for the coronavirus, spat at police officers who responded to a call about someone throwing things at vehicles.

California

Free Airbnb with your COVID-19 vaccine? Firefighters offered prizes along with priority access

California

Free Airbnb with your COVID-19 vaccine? Firefighters offered prizes along with priority access

Top LAFD brass are using free Lyft rides, Google Nest gear and home security systems to entice firefighters unwilling to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pandemic news, links and advice

Pandemic news, links and advice

California

L.A. was uniquely vulnerable to this COVID catastrophe. Here is what went wrong

California

L.A. was uniquely vulnerable to this COVID catastrophe. Here is what went wrong

L.A. was far more vulnerable to an extreme crisis from the coronavirus than nearly anywhere else in the nation.

Television

Larry King, hospitalized with COVID-19, moved out of ICU at Cedars-Sinai in L.A.

Television

Larry King, hospitalized with COVID-19, moved out of ICU at Cedars-Sinai in L.A.

Broadcast legend Larry King, who is being treated for COVID-19, has been moved out of the intensive care unit at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

California

Counselor beaten to death at South L.A. youth hall; 6 arrested, including 4 juveniles

California

Counselor beaten to death at South L.A. youth hall; 6 arrested, including 4 juveniles

Authorities say the man was trying to break up a fight when he was attacked by seven teenagers.

Obituaries

George Whitmore, legendary El Capitan climber, dies at 89

Obituaries

George Whitmore, legendary El Capitan climber, dies at 89

California

Former La Mesa officer charged with filing false police report in arrest of Black man

California

Former La Mesa officer charged with filing false police report in arrest of Black man

Matthew Dages was fired about two months after the incident, following an investigation into the arrest of Amaurie Johnson.

California

Column: Trump takes to meditating by the Pacific and other surefire 2021 California predictions

California

Column: Trump takes to meditating by the Pacific and other surefire 2021 California predictions

I can predict the future. And I see great times ahead for us. Call me Gustradamus.

California

Short on equipment, ambulances and oxygen, L.A. County hospitals face darkest month

California

Short on equipment, ambulances and oxygen, L.A. County hospitals face darkest month

The number of COVID-19 patients in the county’s beleaguered hospitals has hit a new all-time high

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