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General NewsL.A. County Eating places Retail Won’t Reopen Until July 4 At Earliest – Variety

General NewsL.A. County Eating places Retail Won’t Reopen Until July 4 At Earliest – Variety

With more than half of the state's coronavirus cases clustered in the county, Angelenos can expect a slower return to normal.

Ferrer issued what is likely to be the first of multiple warnings ahead of the Memorial Day weekend that large public gatherings are still barred under the county's health orders.

Though exclusively L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger formally introduced the July 4 date and there has but to be a remark from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Ferrer stated that she believes it useful to have a timeframe in thoughts by way of reopening L.A.

Los Angeles County topped 40,000 confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday while creeping toward 2,000 total deaths, health officials announced. Barger acknowledged that county officials, and city officials. would rely on data and science and guidance from health department officials while easing coronavirus restrictions. Sign up for Patch alerts and daily newsletters.

County Department of Health Services Director Christina Ghaly responded to a press question about testing capacity, saying that the "vast majority" of appointment time slots are reserved daily but a "few hundred remain unfilled".

Ferrer thinks that more asymptomatic people are getting tested and that is "driving down" the rate of positivity, simply because those who were being tested previously had to be ill, and therefore, had a higher chance of actually having COVID-19.

"This is the age group that makes up the majority of our workforce", Ferrer said.

"That's certainly a goal we can reach, but we all are going to need to do our part", she said. Ferrer announced Tuesday that of the 358,000 people tested in LA County, about 9% were positive. Everyone must continue to follow distancing and infection control protocols, stay at least six feet apart and wear a clean cloth face covering that securely covers both your nose and mouth when in contact with other people not in your household. The last time the death count was this high was just over a month ago, April 18, with 81 deaths.

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The Premier dominated that there could be no possibilities of new romance and declared mingling with strangers was frowned upon. Currently, dining venues can only have a maximum of 10 patrons if they maintain social distancing.

"It was sobering", she said. Based on results of the second round of testing, the research team estimates that approximately 2.1% of the County's adult population has antibody to the virus.

"A three day average for the number of people who are positive for COVID-19 and are now hospitalized is also decreasing", she said.

With the lure of a three-day holiday weekend, some destinations are making more room for Memorial Day revelers, while others are clamping down.

Ferrer said data shows local hospitals also have adequate bed space and ICU space, and they generally all have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment, although some hospitals are falling short of the target number of available gowns.

"Everyone is tired, and I think we all feel like enough is enough", she said. "As a community, we've done this together and this progress is a direct reflection of what all of you in your day-to-day lives have been able to accomplish".

"That means continuing our safety measures and implementing new rules on how to conduct business safely", she said.

Supervisor Hilda Solis, however, said we must resist pressure to move too fast. By factoring in a margin of error in testing, the study found that the actual infection rate could range from 2.5% to as high as 7% of the population. People who have underlying health conditions remain at much greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, so it will continue to be very important for the County's vulnerable residents to stay at home as much as possible, to have groceries and medicine delivered, and to call their providers immediately if they have even mild symptoms.

"What we find is that between the two waves there is no evidence of a big increase in incidence of COVID-19", Sood said.

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