LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Vaccines are being distributed, and a regional stay-at-home order has been lifted, but January was still California’s deadliest month of the pandemic.
The year started with a grim milestone – nearly 15,000 people died of COVID-19 in California in January.READ MORE: Burbank Sues To Enforce Closure Order Against Tinhorn Flats; Seeks Permission To Cut Off Electricity, Padlock Doors
Densely-populated Los Angeles County has been the hardest hit in the Golden State, and recorded more than 6,400 COVID-19 deaths last month. About 5,200 remain hospitalized in Los Angeles County.READ MORE: Firefighters Battle Blaze At Strip Mall In Paramount
Orange County announced 47 more have died of the virus, and 1,300 are still in the hospital. San Bernardino County also has 1,000 people still hospitalized, and recorded 17 more deaths.
Riverside County officials said 17 more of its residents have died, and 1,000 remain hospitalized, while in Ventura County, 20 people have died and more than 300 are still in the hospital.MORE NEWS: 'Absolutely Reckless': California Governor Slams Texas Move To Lift Mask Mandate
Gov. Gavin Newsom has lifted the regional stay-at-home order, allowing restaurants to offer outdoor dining and stores to increase their capacity, and vaccine distribution has opened up to people 65 and older, the most vulnerable population to COVID-19. But vaccine rollout has been slow, so public health officials say people should still continue to distancing themselves from others, wear masks and avoid gatherings – even after receiving the vaccine.