With Los Angeles coronavirus infections rising to levels not seen in months, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday reiterated state and county advice to avoid travel and said the city would step up its enforcement efforts against non-compliant businesses. COVID-19 rules.
“This virus is making more people in more places get sick faster at any time since the earliest days of this crisis,” Garsetti said at a virtual briefing. “Los Angeles is in a very dangerous situation; the alarm bells ring. “
New cases of coronavirus in Los Angeles County reached 3,000 two consecutive days over the weekend. The county registered 3,780 cases of the virus on Saturday, the highest total in a single day since mid-July. On Sunday, officials reported 3,061
And on Monday, when the number of cases is usually lower due to weekend backlogs, the county reported 2,795 new cases, while the city of Los Angeles reported 1,245 new infections.
There has also been a sharp increase in coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the county.
“To give you an idea of the pace of this, there are only 557 vacant beds in the county, including 451 acute care beds and 106 intensive care beds,” Garsetti said. “But to date, we have 308 patients in the intensive care unit who are seriously ill – a staggering increase from last month.”
During the holidays, Garsetti reiterated warnings from county and government officials to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.
“If you don’t have a main trip, don’t travel,” the mayor pleaded. “If you don’t have to travel as a main worker or because of a family situation, don’t travel. And if you still have to travel, you will have to quarantine. Not for a day or two, not for a positive test or two, but for 14 days. “
Last Friday, California officials issued a travel advice urging those entering the state to quarantine for two weeks amid a surge in cases ahead of Thanksgiving.
In a bid to halt rising regions in the region, which have doubled in the past week, Garseti said the city would speed up the implementation of its current public health rules.
“I have directed our city departments to expand law enforcement efforts for businesses that do not comply with our public health protocols,” Garsetti said. “We will issue citations under the administrative citation program and revoke permits for companies that violate our requirements and put us all at risk.”
The city is also taking steps to improve its testing program, including a new facility at Los Angeles International Airport for those traveling, the mayor said. There will now be a 24-hour rapid testing site at Bradley International Terminal and Terminals 2 and 6, starting “earlier this week”.
A “super walk” site will be provided on November 23 in the northeastern San Fernando Valley at a designated location to provide approximately 3,000 daily tests for COVID-19 and influenza, influenza vaccines and rapid antigen tests for people with symptoms.
The rising number of new coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County reflects state-of-the-art mirrors, with California officials announcing on Monday that they were pulling the “emergency brake” to open the sector.
Public health officials on Monday continued to urge residents to follow infection prevention protocols, adding that they would weigh further restrictions if the county’s trajectory did not improve.
“Take this seriously and follow the rules and let’s beat this virus once and for all,” Garcetti said. “Keep yourself safe, be healthy and please stay home.”
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