Earlier this week, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the Venice area, wrote on Twitter: "If people can walk on the beach, run on the beach, swim on the beach and surf on the beach, @lapublichealth should allow them to bike on the beach".
This announcement came as Ferrer reported another 76 deaths and 1,183 new cases.
But officials expect the progress to be slower in Los Angeles County, which accounts for nearly 60% of the state's total deaths and almost half of the nearly 90,000 confirmed infections. These figures make the toll of deaths in the county 1,913 and bring the number of cases to 19,573. Ferrer announced Tuesday that of the 358,000 people tested in LA County, about 9% were positive.
With the lure of a three-day holiday weekend, some destinations are making more room for Memorial Day revelers, while others are clamping down.
"Many people across the county have lost loved ones to COVID-19".
Hahn responded on Wednesday, saying she agreed and was discussing the issue with county public health director Barbara Ferrer, adding, "I think we can make it happen".
Neeraj Sood, a USC professor of public policy at the USC Price School for Public Policy and lead investigator on the antibody study, noted several changes in methodology between the two rounds of testing, most notably a greater outreach to Spanish- and Mandarin-speaking residents in the May survey, along with changes in testing sites that contributed to different demographics.
More than 40 of California's 58 counties have now been approved to expand retail operations as their virus conditions improved, with more are expected to reopen their economies in the coming days.
Ferrer also pointed to serology testing results released this week, showing that 2.1% of test subjects had antibodies to the virus in their systems, indicating they had been infected at some point.
The case count is increasing, but the rate of positivity is slowly decreasing.
Previously, the City of Alhambra was only testing residents who were symptomatic and low-income; today it announced on Facebook that their testing has expanded to all Alhambra residents. Although this round did not include the highest risk groups, Public Health is planning on surveying those living in congregate settings (e.g., skilled nursing facilities, homeless shelters, jails) or persons experiencing homelessness and living on the streets and is also planning a subsequent survey that will include children.
The first phase-a potentially six-week-long period that could kick off next week-would reopen beaches for active water recreation like swimming, surfing and kayaking, as well as walking and running on the sand. "And it shows that what we're doing over the past few weeks - staying at home, the physical distancing, wearing our cloth face coverings - has resulted in a reduced number of infections from what we would have had had we not taken any actions". This Order continues to require that specific higher-risk businesses remain closed and prohibits public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit. Los Angeles Country reached 2,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Thursday. The Health Officer Order, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov . Residents must maintain social distancing and wear face coverings while during both of these activities.
"Let's be frank: The economic crisis for communities of color predates COVID-19", Solis said at Thursday's briefing.