LA County Aiming to Reopen on July 4, Supervisor Says

Safe Reopening of LA Restaurants, Malls Could Be As Soon as July 4

On Tuesday, Supervisor Kathryn Barger chaired the second convening of the Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force, collaborating with key leaders to discuss the business and cultural interests of the County, and expressed a goal for the safe reopening of Los Angeles County as early as July 4.

One constituent asked Hahn why retailers can not reopen now instead of July? "This testing allows us to better understand how many people have been exposed to COVID-19 and how the virus is showing up in our communities".

"I understand the urgency to reopen and know numerous experts the County has assembled for this Task Force have been working hard to develop safe and efficient plans to revitalize their sectors as early as next month", Supervisor Barger said.

On Wednesday, Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of health services for L.A. County, said the R number was now slightly under 1. In the letter, the DOJ said it recognized the city and county's duty to protect residents but that "governmental authority, however, is not limitless, and must be exercised reasonably". In Culver city nursing homes and health centers, there have been 61 cases and 10 deaths, among both residents and staff.

Meeting the July 4 target date will be a mammoth undertaking tied to science and data, not public sentiment, health officials cautioned.

"That means continuing our safety measures and implementing new rules on how to conduct business safely", she said. And I think the reality is ... we are gonna really aim together to get there as quickly as possible.

Los Angeles County's death toll from the coronavirus has passed 2,000 even as other figures pointed to progress in slowing the spread of the infection.

The announcement came as LACDPH confirmed 76 new deaths and 1,183 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. According to the ongoing serology research by USC and the county health department, about 3 percent of residents have contracted the coronavirus, Sood said. We're still far away from herd immunity or the end of the epidemic. "You have to have a long-term plan on the horizon for policy planning".

But he said there is reason to be optimistic over the latest testing results. They were shut down in late March along with trails and parks, but now that the latter two are reopening that just leaves beaches-though maybe only for a little longer.

That data is not looking as positive for Los Angeles County as had been hoped, leading the White House to ask for the CDC to investigate why COVID-19 infection rates remain high. More than 75 percent of the jobs projected to have been lost paid less than $50,000 a year.

One industry that could see a gradual reopening soon is Hollywood, where TV, film and commercial production remains at a standstill. To be able to meet Gov. Newsom's tips for reopening, the positivity price have to be at 8% for not less than one week. "To do that, it's things like fast, dependable testing at scale, and our ability to lead that around the world is very, very important".

Gavin Newsom eased statewide reopening restrictions, permitting 53 out of 58 counties in California to maneuver at their desired tempo to reopen on an area stage.

The Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors announced today that county beaches will reopen on Wednesday, May 13. However, other factors could have contributed to the lower prevalence including different test site locations and recruitment efforts for a higher number of Latinos, Asians, and African Americans. "They can move at their own pace based on their own local conditions".

The City of Los Angeles, is providing free COVID-19 testing to all Los Angeles City residents, whether or not you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

All three reports credit officials from the Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors, and though the dates may differ, the substance is the same: A four-phase plan is being drafted by coastal city leaders that would reopen beaches in phases.



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