Still, given that the daily death toll was over 200 in January and last year the region lost nearly 30,000 souls to Covid, even though the counts are an anomaly, that’s good news . According to county records, the last time there were no daily pandemic deaths recorded in Los Angeles was on March 18, 2020. It was also the last time there were two days ago. consecutive years without Covid-related deaths in the region. There were only 15 such deaths statewide on Monday.
More good news: On Saturday, the county’s test positivity rate was at a pandemic low at 0.6%.
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“This is a delay from the weekend,” County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said of the numbers on Monday, “and we hope the death toll will remain low. “
According to state figures, the number of coronavirus patients in LA County hospitals fell from 410 on Saturday to 390, with 87 people in intensive care, down from 86 the day before.
Governor of California Gavin Newsom mentionned Monday that the number of Covid-related hospitalizations in the state is at its lowest level since the start of the pandemic. Coronavirus patients in California were down from a January peak of nearly 23,000 to 1,626 on Monday.
Sunday’s figures brought the county’s totals to 1,233,772 cases and 23,915 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
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The county has further relaxed its Covid-19 health restrictions, allowing indoor play areas and arcades to reopen at limited capacity, while lifting restrictions on the opening hours of bars, breweries and wineries.
Arcades and indoor playgrounds – such as laser tag companies, ball pits or “bounce” centers – are limited to 25% of their capacity, with other mandatory safety modifications.
Bars, which are currently allowed to operate only outdoors, had been restricted to opening hours of 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., but those restrictions are now lifted.
On Monday, the playgrounds of all elementary schools and early childhood education centers in Los Angeles Unified will reopen. District staff will use electrostatic foggers and an approved disinfectant to regularly disinfect play equipment, the same procedure used to clean frequently touched surfaces in a school, according to Superintendent Austin Beutner.
The easing of restrictions comes amid continued concern over the slowing of vaccinations in the county.
County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer reiterated the urgency for people to get vaccinated, while continuing to adhere to other health guidelines to prevent a resurgence of the virus at the local level.
“Getting vaccinated in LA County is easier and more accessible than ever before and we encourage anyone waiting to be vaccinated to take the opportunity as soon as possible,” Ferrer said. “The risk of transmitting COVID-19 remains much higher in unvaccinated people. As more LA County residents and workers are vaccinated, the risk of variant transmission is drastically reduced and we are returning to the many activities we loved doing before the pandemic. “
The county is expected to reach the least restrictive yellow level in the state’s four-tier plan for a safer economy when updated statistics are released on Tuesday. Ferrer said if the county qualifies for the move, a new health order with more relaxed restrictions will be released on Wednesday, with effect Thursday.
Entering the yellow level will primarily allow higher capacity limits in most businesses. Fitness centers, game rooms, wineries and breweries, for example, would be allowed to increase indoor attendance limits to 50%, from the current 25%; bars could open indoors at 25%; outdoor venues such as Dodger Stadium could increase capacity to 67%, compared to 33% currently; and amusement parks could allow 35%, up from 25%.
The county also revised its health order last week to incorporate changes to mask wearing guidelines recommended last week for people fully vaccinated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The revisions also indicate that COVID surveillance tests are no longer recommended for people who are fully vaccinated, unless they work in skilled nursing facilities or other high-risk settings, travel abroad, or are required by a particular company or establishment.
City News Service contributed to this report.