Rise in COVID-19 circumstances threatens L.A. reopening, mayor says



With current will increase of coronavirus circumstances in Los Angeles County after almost a month of decline, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti stated the following few weeks can be essential if town desires to see extra reopenings.

“The underside line: This virus continues to be right here, and it’s nonetheless very harmful,” stated Garcetti, noting the uptick in hospitalizations, circumstances and the transmission price in L.A. County.

If the positivity price and the variety of COVID-19 circumstances stay low, the county will be capable of enter a new tier on the state’s color-coded reopening blueprint, Garcetti stated, which implies fewer restrictions.

Los Angeles County is in Tier 1, which implies colleges and plenty of companies are closed. To progress by the tiered system, a county should meet sure thresholds for 2 consecutive weeks.

The mayor urged Angelenos to attempt to hold numbers low so the county can transfer into the brand new tier in early October.

Garcetti additionally stated he helps the county’s resolution to maintain nail salons closed in the meanwhile. Los Angeles County Public Well being Director Barbara Ferrer stated Wednesday that that health officials are in discussion with the Board of Supervisors to find out when such reopenings could happen.

Because the county continues to reopen, Garcetti stated he hopes “we’ll prioritize our youngest and most weak kids, getting them again to secure studying environments as our highest precedence.”

In current weeks, officers have reported a decline within the variety of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths. The county’s day by day case rely is at the moment seven circumstances per 100,000, and the seven-day common positivity price is three% — a notable drop from a reported eight% in July.

However over the past week, the variety of circumstances has elevated barely, and the projected transmission price has crept previous 1% to 1.02%. It’s potential these numbers are early indicators that there can be a spike in infections related to Labor Day weekend exercise, however Ferrer stated officers are monitoring information by the top of the week to find out that evaluation.

“This can be a essential week for us,” she stated Wednesday.

There have been 18% extra deaths in Los Angeles County this yr than over the identical time interval within the final three years. Ferrer stated Wednesday that though not each demise in 2020 has been associated to COVID-19, the spike interprets to “1000’s of deaths that might not have in any other case occurred” with out the virus.

The info disproves theories that the virus isn’t any extra severe than influenza, she stated.

The novel coronavirus has killed greater than 6,000 individuals in L.A. County. Officers introduced 31 extra deaths Wednesday and 1,265 circumstances, totaling greater than 260,200 confirmed infections.