LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) reported its highest number of daily new coronavirus cases Tuesday, with 1,843 cases over a twenty-four hour period.
To date, Public Health has identified 47,822 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,143 deaths. As of Tuesday LACDPH reported 27 additional deaths.
“Although this is the highest number of new cases reported in a day, some of these cases are from a backlog of test results,” LACDPH wrote in a press release.
Of the 2,143 total deaths in LA County, 47% were in skilled nursing facilities. As last week 157 skilled nursing facilities have tested all residents and staff, and an additional 68 are being scheduled. “LACDPH continues to schedule appointments with other skilled nursing facilities to complete testing, conduct on-site inspections and survey bed capacity, staffing capacity, and availability of personal protective equipment,” the department wrote in a press release.
On Twitter, the Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Kathryn Barger announced that the board had passed a motion Tuesday to appoint Inspector General to oversee skilled nursing facilities.
Our Board passed a motion by me & @mridleythomas to appoint an Inspector General to oversee skilled nursing facilities, which account for more than half of COVID-19 deaths in L.A. County. We must ensure the safety of the vulnerable residents who have been entrusted to their care.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new order Tuesday which announced that it will align with California’s latest guidelines and allow faith-based services, in-store shopping at low-risk retail stores, drive-in movies and other recreational activities to resume.
However, Hair Salons and some other retail sectors are still forbidden to operate.
The change also sets the stage for the County to request a variance from the state to permit swifter reopening of some sectors.
Examples of activities now permitted under the changes enacted today:
Faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25% of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower.
All retail, including those located in indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers, may now open for business at 50% capacity.
Flea markets, swap meets, and drive-in movie theaters may resume operations.
Pools, hot tubs, and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may now open.
The Health Officer Order also provides guidelines for public protests. In-person protests are permitted as long as attendance is limited to 25% of the area’s maximum occupancy, or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
The order emphasizes that physical distancing requirements, cloth face coverings, and other safety protocols must be observed as the recovery progresses.
“Aligning Los Angeles County’s health orders with that of the State’s is going to provide immediate relief to our communities. This important step will enable our residents and businesses to have greater clarity and consistency as we continue to take positive steps towards reopening Los Angeles County,” said Barger
The updated order allows people to take part in all permitted activities while continuing to practice physical distancing and wearing a cloth face covering when in contact with others. Although these updates are being enacted today, Los Angeles County residents are still encouraged to remain in their residences as much as practical and limit close contact with others outside their household both indoor and outdoor.
Gatherings of people not from the same household are still prohibited, except for faith-based services and in-person protests.
Additionally, people 65 years old or older, and all people of any age with underlying health conditions should remain in their residences as much as possible. People in these categories should only leave their residences to seek medical care, exercise, or obtain food or other necessities.
Los Angeles County is offering to help tenants make their monthly rent payments & property owners protect their rental income during the COVID19 virus pandemic. The County has more information here: (Link)
During his Tuesday evening briefing, LA City Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Runyon Canyon had reopened. The Mayor also indicated that the city was following the County’s lead in reopening more of the city’s retail sector. The new order does not apply to barber shops, hair and nail salons, or dine-in eating at local restaurants all of which remain closed. he said.
“With the proper safety measures and with extraordinary caution, we can now go back into all stores,” the Mayor said. “As I said, the reality is that since the beginning of this crisis, people could get clothes, beauty supplies, sporting goods, shoes, furniture during this emergency as long as it was in stores that were either pharmacies or grocery stores.”
Although Runyon Canyon Park reopened Tuesday for single-direction active use. Garcetti cautioned that counters had been put in place and LA City Parks employees would be on hand to ensure there were not too many people on the trail at once.
“Enjoy it,” he said. “It’s back. It’s one of the greatest places in L.A.”
The City of West Hollywood announced Tuesday that it will present a Guidance for Multi-Family Housing webinar on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 2 p.m.
This webinar will discuss:
Considerations and guidance regarding multi-family housing; The City’s temporary residential eviction moratorium; and Resources for rental assistance.
Prior City of West Hollywood webinars topic include:
Accessing Mediation Services for Commercial Tenants and Landlords; Combatting Loneliness, Isolation, Depression, and Anxieties during COVID-19; Employer and Employee Resources; Rethinking Your Business Model; Information on the City’s Residential Eviction Moratorium; Information on the City’s Commercial Eviction Moratorium; Protecting Your Business from Cyber Threats; and, Information on the City’s Job Assistance Programs.
These webinars are archived on the City’s coronavirus information page located at www.weho.org/coronavirus for future viewing.
Editor’s note: “The City of West Hollywood’s COVID-19 Free Webinar Series is for informational purposes only and webinars not intended to constitute legal or medical advice; rather, all information, content, and materials available in these webinars is for general informational purposes only.”