Los Angeles County is looking to combat the sudden spike in coronavirus cases, and Los Angeles County will tighten some restrictions this week, such as requiring restaurants, wineries, breweries and non-essential retail businesses to close at 10 p.m., with gatherings limited to no more than 15. A person from a place of up to three families.
The county previously issued guidelines restricting gatherings to three families, but there was no numerical limit for attendance.
Although the changes were not officially announced until late in the afternoon, County Superintendent Sheila Cowell said the restrictions will take effect on Friday. Other measures, she said, would include a 50% restaurant capacity limit for outdoor restaurants and 25% capacity for personal care companies and offices.
Clients of personal care companies – such as nail salons – will have to make prior appointments, and no services can be performed that require the customer to remove the face mask.
The changes come amid an increase in COVID-19 that saw the number of daily cases exceed 2,000 last week, before exceeding 3,000 on Saturday and Sunday.
The province has also seen a steady increase in hospitalizations. The number of Los Angeles County residents hospitalized due to the virus surpassed 1,000 on Sunday for the first time in months, jumping from 966 on Saturday to 1,014, then rising to 1,049 on Monday.
Although the death rate from the virus has not risen sharply, this number is considered a “late sign”, which means that it tends to increase for several weeks after the rise in hospitalization cases.
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All other major metrics for the county are on the rise. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said on Monday that the average daily rate of new cases in the county per 100,000 residents was 13.7, double the rate of 7.6 a week ago. The average daily rate of seven-day positive virus tests in the province was 5.3% on Monday, up from 3.8% just a week ago.
The county reported 2,795 cases on Monday – the day the case reports are less traditionally due to delays in reporting test results over the weekend. Long Beach health officials announced 130 more cases on Monday, while Pasadena reported 16. The new cases brought the county’s cumulative total to 342,489 since the start of the epidemic.
The province also reported six more deaths linked to the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the death toll to 7,275.
“It’s clear that Los Angeles County is in a very dangerous phase of the epidemic,” Ferrer said.
Health officials have pointed directly to population gatherings – whether in public or private places – to lead the recent boom, which primarily included younger residents under the age of 50.
Ferrer said the population between the ages of 18 and 29 consistently represented a greater proportion of new cases over the past two months, widening the gap significantly above all other age groups. She said that while young people are infected more often, the older population suffers the consequences in terms of hospitalization, which means that young people are infected and transmitting the virus to the older population who is more likely to develop severe disease.
Ferrer said: “This is very unfortunate and it is a stark reminder that young people are spreading the virus with disastrous consequences for our elderly.”
Los Angeles County is already mired in the most restrictive purple layer of California’s four-tier coronavirus surveillance system, which places severe restrictions on companies and public gatherings. Based on the increase in cases in recent weeks, the county will remain in the purple layer indefinitely.
governor. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that 28 counties statewide have been pushed back to the purple level in response to the massive increase in case numbers. The move means 41 of the state’s 58 counties are subject to the toughest restrictions, up from 13 on Sunday.
Ferrer said she still hoped that if residents returned to strict adherence to protocols such as avoiding gatherings, wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing, especially during the Thanksgiving holiday, more stringent restrictions – such as returning to strictly stay-at-home requests – could be avoided.
“If we take individual and group actions as individuals and as institutions, we do not re-control them, we will have no choice but to take a closer look at the kinds of restrictions that will once again limit our ability to mix, especially in those situations where there may be greater risks,” Ferrer said.