By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed 51 new deaths and 3,692 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. This is the highest number of deaths reported since September 9.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to accelerate at alarming speed. There are 1,575 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 26% of these people are in the ICU. Just two weeks ago, there were 888 people with COVID-19 hospitalized.

The increases in cases and hospitalizations must slow to avoid overwhelming our hospitals and healthcare staff, and save lives, officials said.

DPH says everyone should stay home as much as possible and limit going out to what is essential for the next two to three weeks to slow the surging cases and save lives. Staying home as much as possible, always wearing face covering securely over your nose and mouth when out and avoiding being near anyone not in your household are the simple actions that slow the spread of COVID-19.

Given the huge surge in cases nationwide, we strongly recommend that you only celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with people from your household and that you not gather with people from outside your household, even outdoors. Please don’t plan, host or attend holiday gatherings for multiple households. Instead connect virtually together.

In addition, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced yesterday that all travelers entering the City from another state or country will be required to fill out an online form to acknowledge and spread awareness of California’s recommended 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Starting Wednesday, passengers arriving at LAX and Van Nuys Airport will see signs and messages reminding them to fill out the required form.

“COVID-19 is more dangerous than ever — and from LAX to our businesses to our homes, we have to take action to protect Angelenos and stop the spread of this virus,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Our new form delivers a clear message: if you travel to our city, we want you to be informed of guidelines that will save lives and keep all of us healthy and safe.”

To date, DPH identified 374,134 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 7,497 deaths.