Perhaps offering hope that the omicron-fueled surge in COVID-19 infections is waning, Los Angeles County reported slight drops in some key pandemic-tracking metrics today, but the rate of virus spread is still at an all-time high—and another 102 deaths were reported.
Eddie Gonzalez—who was fired by the LBUSD about a week after shooting Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez in the head Sept. 27 as she sat inside a moving car—was charged a month later with her killing.
While the overall COVID hospitalization number countywide remains below last winter’s peak of more than 8,000, health officials stressed that the rising patient population is creating strain at hospitals that were already coping with staffing shortages.
Authorities said he was a 64-year-old man who was part of a group diving near oil platform Elly, about 12 miles off the Long Beach coast.
The lawsuit alleges he was hurt when he tripped on a black-taped cable stretched across a walkway of the same color, making the cable hard to see.
The number of COVID-19-positive patients in LA County hospitals inched upward again, reaching a level nearly six times higher than just one month ago.
Long Beach Fire Department crews were helping search for the diver, who’d gone missing off the oil platform Elly.
Witnesses reported a Toyota Prius in the HOV lane was fully engulfed in flames and that the driver was still inside.
A port official said the 64-year-old was struck by a vehicle near a container terminal at the port, in what police called an industrial accident.
The U.S. Coast Guard was assisting local agencies including the Long Beach Fire Department, which responded to the area where the diver went missing.