L.A. Coronavirus Report: Public Health Confirms 9 New Deaths, Five Day Average Increases To 4,097 New Cases; Dining Restrictions Modified – UpdateDeadline
UPDATE: On Sunday, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health reported that COVID-19 cases continue to remain at alarming levels as we continue to see an increase in hospitalizations. Public health has confirmed 9 new deaths and 2,718 new cases. This brings the five-day average to 4,097 new cases as we continue to see numbers climb.
As a result, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified to restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars as the average of new cases increased to more than 4,000 cases. The modified order will take effect November 25 at 10 pm.
If the five-day average of cases is 4,500 or more or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 per day, a Targeted Safer at Home Order will be issued for three weeks. The Order would offer additional restrictions while allowing essential and emergency workers and those securing essential services to leave their homes.
There are 1,401 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 26% of these people are in the ICU. Over the past 7 days, the number of hospitalized patients increased by nearly 35%.
As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, Public Health reminds everyone to stay home as much as possible for the next two to three weeks to change the trajectory of surging cases and save lives. As it has been reiterated for the past nine months, virus transmission can be significantly reduced if we all keep distance from others who we don’t live with, always wear a face-covering properly over our nose and mouth, and wash our hands frequently.
To date, Public Health identified 364,520 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 7,438 deaths. Testing results are available for more than 3,542,000 individuals with 10% of all people testing positive.
PREVIOUS: Coronavirus seems to show no signs of slowing down as officials confirm 4,522 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. The latest count from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health also shows a total of 34 new deaths, confirming officials’ predictions of a higher daily death count as the winter months roll in.
Over the last four days, officials have reported a total of 17,769 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 1,391 patients currently hospitalized for the infectious disease, with 26% of the infected receiving care in the ICU.
While it may be tempting for Angelenos, after months isolated from family and friends, to travel to other households during the Thanksgiving holiday, L.A. County officials encourage county residents to stay put and celebrate on their own.
“COVID-19 can unintentionally spread to other people unless we all practice the simple safety precautions that prevents transmission,” officials said in a statement. “Virus transmission can be significantly reduced if we all keep distance from others who we don’t live with, always wear a face covering properly over our nose and mouth, and wash our hands frequently.”
The latest, grim update also comes on the first day of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s state-wide mandatory curfew. On Thursday the California governor announced that non-essential traveling, work and gatherings stop between 10 p.m. and 5 p.m. for counties in the restrictive purple tier, including Los Angeles County. The order is set to last until December 21.
To date Los Angeles County officials have reported a total of 361,869 positive COVID-19 cases and 7,429 deaths.
Read the full update below.