LOS ANGELES – As officials across 53 of California’s 58 counties continue to implement various stages respectively for the limited reopening of their economies, public health officials recorded 132 new COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday. That grim count marked the most deaths in a single day since the previous count of 117 late last month.
The number of confirmed cases statewide has climbed to 85,887 on Wednesday with 3,493 deaths.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) confirmed 57 new deaths and 1,324 new cases of COVID-19. Ten deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and three deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena. To date, LACDPH has identified 40,857 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,970 deaths.
The number of newly identified coronavirus cases across the state declined last week from the previous week, and hospitalizations have dropped more than 15% from a peak six weeks ago based on the data provided by the California Department of Health and the state’s resource website.
With a number spike in not only Los Angeles, but Orange County, and Ventura Counties, officials are still pressing ahead to reopen although with restrictions and implementing regulations to stop the spread of the virus. Over the past two weeks the City of Los Angeles had mandated facial coverings followed by LA County with the City of West Hollywood announcing that starting May 23, use of face masks was mandatory with enforcement by LA County Sheriff’s deputies.
Kathryn Barger, The Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors had announced Tuesday during the Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force’s second meeting that in collaboration with other LA County officials, health officials, and key leaders in the business sectors, union representatives and cultural interests, the county was targeting to fully reopen by July 4.
Barger acknowledged that county officials, and city officials. would rely on data and science and guidance from health department officials while easing coronavirus restrictions.
The Director of The Los Angeles County Public Health Department, (LACDPH), Dr. Barbara Ferrer said, “The reality is we are going to really aim together to get there as quickly as possible, but we’re going to pay attention to the data and we’re going to pay attention to the science.”
“I think reopening may have proven a lot harder than we may have envisioned as we are all making major adjustments to our businesses and day to day lives — that we’d thought we’d never need to make — many of us may be experiencing fear, frustration, anxiety, and depression,” Ferrer said. “I know this is all very difficult.”
Governor Gavin Newsom hosted a virtual roundtable conference Wednesday with representatives from the motion picture and television industry. During the discussion with members of the television and film industries, Newsom said he’d be releasing guidelines on Monday, May 25 for TV and film production to resume in counties where it’s safe.
However, the governor said Los Angeles County would likely be several weeks behind more rural California counties, as the COVID-19 cases and deaths there continue to climb, KGO/ABC7 News reported.