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LA public health agency tweets COVID-19 death every 10 minutes to encourage people to stay home

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is tweeting one COVID-19 death every 10 minutes in an effort to encourage people to stay home.

The tweets comes a day after the county — which is dealing with a worsening coronavirus outbreak— surpassed 10,000 coronavirus deaths.

“#Every10Minutes someone dies of COVID-19 in LA County. People who were loved and will be missed,” the health department initially tweeted.

“Until we slow the spread, the next person to tragically pass away could be someone you know.”

The Department told The Hill in a statement that the 24-hour campaign is meant to highlight the impact of COVID-19.

“We want to highlight the devastating impact of COVID-19 on our community,” the statement read. “More than 10000 people passing away this year, and all were loved by and loved others. ” 

Each tweet briefly describes the person who died, accompanied by the hashtag #Every10Minutes. The tweets also include the phrase “slow the spread. Save a life.”

“Someone’s mother. #Every10Minutes #LACounty,” one tweet reads “Please stay home tonight. Slow the spread. Save a life.”

Another tweet read: “A grandpa that marinated the Carne Asada with a Corona. #Every10Minutes #LACounty. Please physically distance. Slow the spread. Save a life.”

 

California continues to be hit hard by the pandemic as the spread continues across the nation.

The Golden State was the first to surpass 2 million coronavirus infections last week, and The Associated Press reported Thursday that the state surpassed 25,000 coronavirus deaths. The only other states to reach the grim milestone are New York and Texas.

Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said on Wednesday that the state has identified a case of the more contagious coronavirus variant.

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