Following discussions about the resumption of Los Angeles County, Public Health confirmed 1,343 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths on Saturday.
The latest update, which also shows 732 in current hospitalizations, comes after Barbara Ferrer said the county had the lowest average pandemic testing-positive rate.
Although the numbers may show a small loss, Los Angeles County is still unclear. On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsum said that in order for a county to move to weaker COVID-19 operations, the new daily cases must be less than seven per 100,000 residents. Los Angeles County still remains in the purple zone, averaging at least 8.1 cases per 100,000 residents.
To date, Public Health has counted a total of 259,81
In the latest update, Los Angeles officials say daily case rates have increased over the past four days, which may be a result of the reopening of testing centers and more residents being tested. However, the increase could also mean increased transmission over the holiday weekend for Labor Day, officials say.
Although there was an increase of 1,148 new cases on Friday in the latest statistics, Public Health says the county’s test positive rate has remained stable at 3% over the past week.
In addition to urging residents to keep a safe social distance from each other and to wear face covers when in public, Los Angeles officials also warned potential beach visitors that such spaces could be overcrowded. Even open spaces can pose a risk of transmission, says LA Public Health.
Daily update of COVID-19:
September 19, 2020
New cases: 1 343 (259 817 to date)
New deaths: 13 (6330 to date)
Current hospitalizations: 732 pic.twitter.com/GPIP8TcrIo
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) September 19, 2020