Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said on Wednesday that if there is no new increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations related to Labor Day weekend, Los Angeles County may enter the next reopening phase in early October.
She explained that although the positive rate of cases in the region (now just over 3%) meets the criteria for entry into the less restrictive method 2, the current daily incidence rate is 8.1 cases per 100,000 cases.
Ferrer said: “If we don’t see a surge in event-related cases and hospitalizations during Labor Day, and we continue to reduce community transmission rates in the next few weeks, we may enter Level 2 sometime in October. .”
She emphasized that the positive test rate is the lowest so far in the county.
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Ferrer said earlier this week that although the total number of daily hospitalizations continues to decline, the region has not been able to further relax restrictions.
Officials will check the overall figures at the end of September to understand the impact of Labor Day-when the temperature rises and people flock to local beaches-on the medical rate.
Officials say residents should not relax their vigilance and continue to abide by guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
Ferrer said that in addition, the number of cases, hospitalizations and death rates in the severely affected population continued to decline, and the gap began to narrow.
For example, in June, the average incidence of Latin Americans was 200 cases per 100,000 people, which is four times higher than that of white residents and five times higher than that of Asians.
But Ferrer explained that in September, although the number of cases among Latinos was still higher than the others, it dropped to an average of 40 cases per 100,000 people.
An anomaly closely monitored by health officials is that between late August and early September, the death toll of black residents “increased slightly.”
Ferrer pointed out: “We will need to pay close attention to ensure that we do not see an increase in the number of deaths in one person, and what we see is a decrease in the number of deaths in other places.” “We need to pay attention to the reopening and our The impact of the action on the entire county, especially among those most affected by the pandemic.”
On Wednesday, officials reported 31 new deaths and 1,148 new cases, bringing the total to 6,303 deaths and 256,148 cases.