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By Jorge Casuso

November 30, 2020 -- Los Angeles County went into lockdown Monday after health officials reported coronavirus cases remained at "alarming levels" despite some of the strictest health mandates in the nation.

The County's more than 10 million residents should "remain in their homes and with immediate households" and should avoid "sites where non-household members mingle to avoid crowding."

Residents should wear face coverings when "engaging in activities outside their homes" or "in contact with others not in their households," health officials said.

As of November 21, the State prohibited all nonessential operations and gatherings from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

They also barred dining out and shut down non-essential businesses between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. except for takeout. Businesses must operate at 25 percent maximum occupancy.

The lockdown -- which remains in effect through December 20 -- comes after the five-day average of new cases reached 4,751, health officials announced Friday.

As of Saturday, the average number of deaths last week was 32, compared to the daily average of 29 since the first coronavirus death was reported in the County on March 11.

A total of 2,049 people were hospitalized on Saturday, with 24 percent in the ICU.

That represents about 492 patients in the ICU, down from 571 on July 31, according to an analysis by the Lookout.

As of Saturday, there were 395,843 confirmed cases countywide and 7,639 people who died with the coronavirus. Of those who died, 93 percent had underlying health conditions, County officials said.

In Santa Monica, there were 1,480 confirmed cases last week as of Saturday, up from 1,377 for the previous week. Two new deaths were reported, bringing the total to to 45.

Testing results are available for more than 3,695,000 individuals with 10 percent testing positive.

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