Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was expected to hold a briefing at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

The briefing comes after the city opened up its first three “Vaccine Points-of-Dispensing” to vaccinate healthcare workers at existing COVID-19 testing sites. In coming days, the city will launch a fourth such “POD,” in partnership with the L.A. County’s Department of Public Health.

On Wednesday, the county surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 deaths, as California hit a record high number of deaths from the virus.

And, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced earlier Wednesday that a new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus initially reported in the United Kingdom and Colorado has been detected in San Diego.

Meanwhile, hospitals in the region are filling up, and so too are mortuaries and funeral homes.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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