L.A. County could move into next reopening stage in October if there is no surge in COVID-19 cases, officials say

L.A. County could move into next reopening stage in October if there is no surge in COVID-19 cases, officials say

Los Angeles County could move into the next reopening stage as early as October if there is no new surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations associated with Labor Day weekend, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday. She explained that while the region’s case positivity rate — now only at slightly higher than 3% — meets standards to move into less restrictive Tier 2, the current daily case of rate of 8.1 cases per 100,000, does not. “If we don’t see a surge in cases and hospitalizations associated with activities over Labor Day, and we continue to reduce our rate of community transmission over the weeks ahead, we could enter Tier 2 sometime in October,” Ferrer said. She emphasized that the test positivity rate is the lowest the county has seen to date. “This means that almost 97% of the tests that people took for COVID-19 ended up being negative,” she said. Earlier this week, Ferrer said that while the total number of daily hospitalizations continues to decline, the region is not yet at a place where it can further ease restrictions. Officials will be examining overall figures at the end of September to see how Labor Day — when temperatures soared and people flocked to local beaches — affected case rates. Residents should not let their guard down and continue adhering to guidelines meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus, officials said. Additionally, cases, hospitalizations and death rates among highly impacted groups continue to decline and disparity gaps are starting to close, Ferrer ...
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