Los Angeles County tightens COVID-19 restrictions

Los Angeles county imposes new Covid rules and readies for mandatory curfew

Los Angeles county imposes new Covid rules and readies for mandatory curfew

"Los Angeles County is at a critical moment to save lives and curb the spread of COVID-19", said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health. "If we don't make these decisions now, there really is only one outcome: we will nearly certainly have to shut things down again".

The state placed all counties which are already in the "purple" tier, the most restrictive tier of the state's coronavirus monitoring system, under these new curfew orders.

Yesterday, health officials explained that if L.A. county reaches a five-day average of over 4,500 cases, we could go back to a Safer At Home order.

The state is also strengthening its guidance on masks; Newsom announced face coverings would now be required outside people's homes with limited exceptions.

Davis said that with Thursday's record case number, the county now has a two-day average of about 4,500 cases - the threshold for implementing the stay-at-home restrictions.

There have been a total of 8,975 new cases reported over the last two days, said the release, adding that the county is experiencing "a risky acceleration of cases that is increasing at a higher rate than the July surge".

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He also bashed notions that the virus is less risky than the flu, noting that an estimated 3,133 people died during the 2019-2020 flu season in the county.

San Diego County hit an average of 884 daily cases over the past seven days, substantially worse than its previous peak in the summer. There are now about 1,200 people hospitalized with the virus throughout the county, which is 40% more than two weeks ago. In L.A. County, the average number of daily deaths has dropped to levels not seen since the early onset of the pandemic - a decrease that's "likely, in part, because of improvements in treatment for people who are seriously ill from COVID-19", Ferrer said. Beginning on Friday, a maximum of 15 people from a total of three different households will be permitted to gather, officials said, and all gatherings must continue to be outdoors.

Culver City - 10 new cases for a total of 527 cases.

"We are asking that people are home by 10 and stay home", said Dr. Mark Ghaly, California's secretary of health and human services. And the current trend lines indicate that without a dramatic change in case numbers, area hospitals could find themselves overwhelmed with patients in the next month. "... If we look at the range of uncertainty going forward ... then the projected trend over the next four weeks is concerning".

LA County has not seen the virus transmission rates grow at such a huge pace before.

The county's seven-day average daily positivity rate among those tested for the virus was 3.9% on November 1, but it rose to 5.1% by November 8 and it now stands at 7.1%.

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