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Los Angeles Is Now Worst-Hit U.S. Metro Area for Covid-19 Cases

A nurse works with a patient in the Covid-19 ICU of a hospital in Santa Monica, California, on Dec. 15. 

A nurse works with a patient in the Covid-19 ICU of a hospital in Santa Monica, California, on Dec. 15. 

Photographer: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

Greater Los Angeles is emerging as America’s hardest hit metropolitan area as Covid-19 sweeps across California like never before.

In the past week, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties have posted 1,415 and 1,102 average daily cases per million residents, respectively, the highest rates among counties of at least a million people, according to USAFacts, a nonprofit aggregator of government statistics that’s used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Riverside County, also part of the Greater Los Angeles area, is the fourth-highest.