Payman Simoni, pictured above, died from COVID-19 complications after a patient who later tested positive for the coronavirus coughed on him while getting a lip injection.
Some doctors had chosen to hold off on performing cosmetic surgeries in LA, and it remains unclear why Simoni, pictured above center, had continued his practice amid the pandemic.
Simpson told the outlet that Simoni was also wearing a mask during his surgery – but the two posed for a maskless picture in a post-operation appointment.
The coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles County has hit grim new levels in the first days of the year as California's COVID-19 death toll reached 30,000 on Monday.
Los Angeles County is an epicenter for the COVID-19 outbreak, accounting for some 40 per cent of California's virus-related deaths and a huge number of new cases
Ferrer said COVID-19 is still killing someone in the county every seven minutes, on average
Los Angeles County is an epicenter for the COVID-19 outbreak, accounting for some 40 percent of California's virus-related deaths and a huge number of new cases
Los Angeles County health officials are asking essential workers (pictured last month) to wear face coverings inside their own homes in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the area where the virus is killing someone every seven minutes
Barbara Ferrer, the Los Angeles County director of public health, said Monday that 'because there is so much spread, we're recommending that people wear their face coverings while they're inside the home'
On Monday, nearly 8,000 people were hospitalized in Los Angeles County, which had fewer than 50 intensive care units available in an area with a population of 10 million people, said Dr
While the county saw a dip in new cases, the director of public health, Barbara Ferrer, said that probably is due to decreased testing after the New Year's holiday
Ferrer also said COVID-19 is still killing someone in the county every eight minutes, on average