LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a renewed round of business restrictions due to spiking coronavirus cases, and Los Angeles County’s public health director said the pandemic is on an “alarming” path locally but widespread adherence to infection-control measures can again slow spread of the the virus.
“I know this step back in our recovery journey is disheartening, but we must do everything in our power to stop the virus from spreading, from making the people we love sick and from causing untimely deaths,” Barbara Ferrer said Monday. “These steps are taken in hopes that we get back to slowing the spread. All of our actions and behaviors now help determine what our lives, our communities and our economy will be like in the months ahead.”
Ferrer said the pace of key metrics — including increases in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and positivity rates — “is pointing to an alarming trend.”
“Our data shows us that every day, thousands of people in our communities are being infected with COVID-19 and our friends, families and neighbors are being hospitalized at a much higher rate,” she said. “While our death rate has remained relatively stable, we anticipate that unfortunately with the rise in hospitalizations we will soon see corresponding increases in the number of people who pass away.”
Ferrer on Monday reported a relatively small increase in the number of deaths in the county from coronavirus — 13 — while Long Beach added two more fatalities, bringing the overall county total to 3,822.
Ferrer reported another 2,593 confirmed cases, while Long Beach announced another 228 cases and Pasadena added 27. The new cases lifted the countywide total to 136,384.
Most recent figures showed that more than 2,000 people were hospitalized in the county due to the coronavirus, among the highest number of the pandemic to date.
The county’s overall rate of people testing positive remained at about 9% overall during the pandemic, but as of Sunday, the average daily positivity rate over the past seven days was at 10%.
The coronavirus news of the day was grim overall, beginning with the Los Angeles Unified School District announcing that its campuses will remain closed when the new school year begins Aug. 18, meaning students will continue to take solely online courses.
An hour later, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a rollback of business reopenings due to surging positivity rates and hospitalization numbers across the state. Newsom ordered a halt to all indoor operations at gyms, places of worship, hair salons and personal-care services such as nail salons, massage businesses and tattoo parlors. The new order also bars indoor activity at malls and prevents indoor political protests.
The order affects all counties on the state’s monitoring list due to spiking numbers such as hospitalizations and positivity rates. Los Angeles and Orange counties are both on that list.