On Sunday and Monday, Los Angeles County reported no additional COVID-19 deaths, although officials stressed that these low numbers likely reflect delays in reporting in the United States. The weekend
However, with more than 200 daily deaths in January and last year, the region has lost nearly 30,000 souls to COVID, although the number is an anomaly. But it is good news. According to county records, the last time no daily epidemic death toll in LA was March 18, 2020, the last time two consecutive zero-zero COVID deaths in the region. Only 15 people died on Monday.
More good news: As of Saturday, the county’s positive test rate was the lowest of the outbreak at 0.6%.
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“This represents a delay from the weekend,” District Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Monday about the numbers, “and we hope the death toll remains low. ”
According to state figures, the number of coronavirus cases in LA’s hospitals fell from 410 on Saturday to 390, with 87 critically ill, up from 86 the previous day.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday that the number of hospitalizations involving the state’s COVID has been at an all-time low since the outbreak began. Coronavirus cases in California fell from a January peak of nearly 23,000 to 1,626 on Monday.
Sunday’s numbers put the county’s total to 1,233,772 and 23,915 deaths since the outbreak began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
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– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) May 2, 2021
The county has further eased the Covid-19 health restrictions by allowing indoor playgrounds and stores to reopen with limited capacity while removing work hours restrictions for brewery bars. And wineries
Indoor stores and playgrounds such as laser tag businesses, ball pit or “bounce” centers are capped at 25% of their capacity, along with other mandatory safety modifications.
The bar, which is currently only allowed to work outdoors, was restricted from 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM, but now those restrictions have been lifted.
On Monday, all Los Angeles Unified elementary school playgrounds and early childhood education centers will reopen. District workers will use certified electrostatic sprayers and disinfectants to regularly disinfect playground equipment, the same procedure used to clean frequently touched surfaces in schools, according to the supervisor. Director Austin Beutner
The easing of the restrictions comes amid ongoing concerns about a slowdown in county vaccination.
County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer reiterates the urgency that people need to be vaccinated while continuing to follow other health guidelines to prevent the virus’s return. In the area
“Getting vaccinated in LA County is easier and more accessible than ever, and we encourage everyone waiting to be vaccinated to take advantage of this opportunity as soon as possible,” Ferrer said. Much higher transmission of COVID-19 in unvaccinated people. As more LA County residents and workers are vaccinated, the risk of transmission of different species is significantly reduced, and we return to many of the activities we enjoy before birth. Outbreak “
The county is expected to reach the least restrictive yellow level of the state’s four-tier blueprint for a safer economy when the updated statistics are released on Tuesday, Ferrer said if the county qualifies for a move. The new more relaxed health directive will be published Wednesday with effect Thursday.
Getting into the yellow level essentially allows for higher capacity limits for most businesses. Such as fitness centers, card rooms, wineries and breweries will be allowed to increase the indoor attendance limit to 50% from the current 25%. Bars will be able to open indoors at 25%; Outdoor venues such as Dodger Stadium could increase capacity by 67% from 33% currently, and theme parks could provide 35%, up from 25%.
The county also revised its health mandate last week to include changes to the masking guidelines introduced last week for people fully vaccinated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The revision also states that surveillance COVID testing is no longer recommended for fully vaccinated people unless they work in a skilled nursing facility or other high-risk facility. Going abroad or as needed by a specific business or location
City News Service contributed to this report.