Newsom Says Not To Revoke California’s Reopening Plans

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California officials remain confident that the economy will reopen quickly, although coronavirus deaths and new cases continue to increase, saying they have no plans to slow efforts.They said they expect cases to increase as companies reopen, but stressed that the comprehensive measures still support the reopening strategy, which took another step forward on Wednesday.

Los Angeles County has announced that gymnasiums and fitness facilities, pro-league arenas without audiences, day camps, museums, galleries, zoos, aquariums, campgrounds, areas Outdoor recreation and hotels for leisure travel will be allowed to reopen on Friday.

Manicure salons, tattoo parlors, bars and vineyards, cinemas, theaters, entertainment centers, concert halls, stadiums, arenas, game rooms, theme parks and festivals are still closed in the county.

The new reopening comes as 1,275 new cases and 61 additional deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported by public health officials from L.A. County.

Despite the lifting of restrictions, parties, gatherings and mixing of households are still not allowed.

“No, we’re absolutely out of the woods, we’re still in the middle of the woods and we still have a lot of risks,” said director of public health Barbara Ferrer. “I know how desperate people are to be able to come back to the events, but it is not part of our order of health worker or of the order of health worker of the state.”

On Tuesday, for the second day in a row, the state reported more than 3,000 cases, bringing the total number of infections to more than 137,000. The majority of the cases are still in L.A.

Despite the rising trajectory of cases and an increasing number of deaths, there are no plans to turn the tide, officials said.

“As we responsibly introduce a reopening of the economy, we have made it clear that we expect an increase in the total number of positive cases,” Governor Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday in an interview with leaders of the Oakland community. .

“But we have also clearly explained the simultaneous recognition and commitment that we are in a place significantly different from what it was 90 days ago. We now have hundreds of millions of masks in our possession. ”

The Governor highlighted the increase in state testing capacity, hospital capacity and the availability of ventilators – key parameters in the decision to facilitate state-wide changes – as a reason for go forward.

Ten counties – Fresno, Imperial, Kings, Tulare, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Sacramento and Ventura – are currently being watched for an increase in the number of transmissions or hospitalizations. A spike in numbers has been linked to epidemics in prisons, prisons, and skilled nursing facilities as well as informal and formal gatherings in the past two weeks, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The restrictions having been lifted after nearly three months of quarantine, the personal meetings began, despite a continuous ban on gatherings beyond political demonstrations or cults.

In Sacramento County, a sharp increase in hospitalizations over the past weekend has been linked to members of the same household who recently gathered for birthday parties and funerals. County health official Dr. Olivia Kasirye said that many people think “we are out of the woods”, despite the reality.

Ventura County, among the first to ease restrictions on coronaviruses in southern California, experienced a similar spike in hospitalizations over the weekend, from Friday the 21st to Friday the Monday Monday. Currently, 39 people are hospitalized, including 12 in intensive care.

Statewide spike in COVID-19 cases does not include any potential spread of protests in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, as the incubation period for the virus can take up to 14 days . But officials fear that the protests will further increase the number of cases.

While many at the protests wore face covers, it was almost impossible to keep a distance of six feet from the crowd. Officials encourage anyone who participated to get tested and self-quarantine if they were potentially exposed to an infected person.

State officials are working with county heads to assess whether their jurisdictions are ready for the reopening stage.

In L.A. County, the most populous state, authorities are monitoring the positivity rate for signs of increased transmission. In addition, state officials are providing more resources and personal protective equipment to the county’s 235 qualified nursing homes, where testing of staff and residents has become a priority after screening.

The Times’ editor Taryn Luna contributed to this report.

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