COVID-19 Surges to Dangerous Rate in L.A. County

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COVID-19 testing site (Photo – Mandy Foster)

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed 29 new deaths and 5,031 new cases of COVID-19 for Thursday, November 19, the highest number of daily new cases the County has experienced throughout the pandemic.

By News Desk

From June 20 through July 3, the 7-day average increase in new cases in L.A. County was 47%. There are 1,238 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 28% of these people are in the ICU.

To date, L.A. Department has identified 353,232 positive cases of COVID-19 and a total of 7,363 deaths.

Celebrating the holidays

As celebrating the holidays will be very different this year, officials are emphasizing the need to celebrate with members of your household (people you currently live with).

Other ways to celebrate safely:

  •  Connect virtually with friends and family who live outside of your household.
  • Decorate your home and/or enjoy a drive around neighborhoods enjoying other decorations.
  • It is also recommended to shop early for groceries and other needed items to avoid crowds or have groceries delivered to you.
  • Exercise is important for both physical and mental health, and exercising outdoors is a great option where you can take advantage of Southern California’s trails and beaches.

Businesses and employees

Businesses need to implement and follow all safety protocols closely and ensure adherence with all Health Officer Order directives.

Employees are reminded to wear face coverings, practice distancing and follow all other infection control requirements:

  • If a workplace concern about following safety protocols arises, employees and customers can anonymously call a customer call center at (888) 700-9995, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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