LA County Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer noted that Wednesday’s big bump – more than 1,500 new cases – included the results of new institutional tests and also a delay in test results over the weekend, which probably explains the increase that day. .
To date, the county has identified 24,215 total cases of COVID-19 and 1,172 deaths from the virus.
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PREVIOUS The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed 55 new deaths and 733 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That’s about 800 new infections less than what was announced on Wednesday.
Los Angeles County Director of Public Health, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, noted that Wednesday’s number included the results of new tests in an institutional setting and also a delay in test results over the weekend, which which probably explains the fluctuation.
To date, the county has identified 23,182 total cases of COVID-19 and 1,111 deaths from the virus.
These figures arrived the same day that the CDC released a three-step “reopening of America decision-making tool” to clean and disinfect public places (read here). This orientation roughly boils down to 1) determining what needs to be cleaned, 2) cleaning with the appropriate disinfectant and 3) maintaining and revising these practices. CNN reports that at least 31 states plan to begin easing the restrictions in the coming days. California is one of them.
Ironically, California Governor Gavin Newsom closed all of Orange County’s beaches on Thursday, citing photos and widespread reports of crowds on the sand during the weekend heat wave, particularly in Newport. Beach.
Newsom also announced Thursday that the California Department of Social Services has created a child care portal to help parents who are struggling to work and who also need to find care for their children. The initiative includes more than 400 pop-up daycares.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Wednesday that free coronavirus tests will be available to all residents of the city. The test is made possible through a partnership with Sean Penn’s CORE organization, which has independently set up test sites across Los Angeles in recent weeks.
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According to the mayor’s office, the city’s free testing offer extends to all residents of Los Angeles County, but only in the city’s eight Los Angeles testing locations. People must make an appointment by visiting the city’s testing website.
Although anyone can get tested, priority will always be given to people with symptoms and to front-line workers such as health care professionals and first responders.
Los Angeles County as a whole has not changed its policy, which only allows screening for people with symptoms of the disease. But Garcetti has accused asymptomatic county residents of being tested on Los Angeles city websites.
“We have opened up to more and more people every night, and still at the end of the day, we have these tests left,” he said. “We were confident that we could go ahead (testing more people). “
Garcetti said it would make Los Angeles the first city in the United States to offer free coronavirus testing to all residents, whether or not they experience symptoms.
The City News Service contributed to this report.