LA will keep its stay-at-home orders in place through to August as infections and deaths continue to rise and the county’s health director warned a ‘dramatic change’ is needed before lockdown rules can be relaxed.
LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday that the stay-at-home orders will ‘with all certainty’ be extended for the next three months.
Ferrer said the shocking timeline will only change if LA sees a ‘dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand’.
The county continues to see a spike in cases and deaths, with another 566 people testing positive and 39 dying from the virus Monday.
LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer (pictured) announced during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday that the stay-at-home orders will ‘with all certainty’ be extended for the next three months
This takes the total death toll in LA to 1,570, meaning it makes up more than half of the 2,789 deaths across the whole of California.
While other parts of the state have recorded a decline in daily infections and deaths, LA continues to record a growth in both areas.
Ferrer said the aim is to ease restrictions over the coming months but that this will only happen if the rates of infections and deaths decline.
‘Our hope is that by using the data, we’d be able to slowly lift restrictions over the next three months,’ she said.
The county also needs to have access to more ‘tools’ such as testing to bring the outbreak under control, she added.
Just 240,000 of the 10 million residents have been tested for the virus so far, with around 12 percent testing positive.
A man walks across a closed parking lot at Santa Monica Beach in LA. Beaches can reopen Wednesday but only for surfing, running, walking and swimming
A man jogs on the sand at Venice Beach, which has remained closed. It will reopen tomorrow for limited activities
The death toll in LA has reached 1,570, meaning it makes up more than half of the 2,789 deaths across the whole of California
The City of Angles started relaxing some restrictions last week.
Parks, hiking trails and golf shops reopened Saturday and nonessential businesses started operating curbside pickup.
Beaches are also set to reopen Wednesday but only for surfing, running, walking and swimming, with sunbathing banned and people required to wear masks when not in the water.
Ferrer’s comments suggest any further easing of restrictions could be some time away.
On Monday, the health official told LA residents to prepare for the likelihood that the county’s reopening will not coincide with the rest of the state.
A drive-thru testing site in Woodland Hills in LA. 240,000 of the 10 million LA residents have been tested for the virus so far, and around 12 percent have tested positive
‘Literally half the cases and half the deaths are happening in LA County right now,’ she said during Monday’s briefing.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has said different counties should take different measures based on the localized extent of the contagion.
Several parts of California have been noticing a downward slope in cases and deaths, and Newsom started relaxing rules across the state last week.
Some businesses including clothing, sporting goods, florists and other retail stores reopened for curbside pickup.
Governor Gavin Newsom (pictured) started relaxing some rules across the state last week but warned some counties need to be slower than others in easing rules
Newsom then announced Tuesday that offices where telework is not possible can reopen with social distancing modifications.
Malls and outlets will be allowed to offer curbside pickup and outdoor museums, car washes, pet grooming and dog walking can also resume operations, the governor announced.
It is not yet clear when the changes to rules will take effect.
California was among the first states to go into lockdown with some of the strictest measures in the country.
NYC could stay partially closed until August as it’s revealed the full phased reopening plan could take TWO MONTHS
New York City may not fully reopen until August after Gov. Cuomo advised that each phase of the four phase restart plan could take up to two weeks to implement.
Parts of the state of New York will be ready to reopen on May 15, this Friday, after meeting Governor Cuomo’s strict set of seven requirements.
They are the Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley and the Southern Tier. Central New York and North County are the next best performing and are due to reopen soon afterwards.
Once a region hits all seven requirements, they can begin the first phase of reopening which is to allow construction and manufacturing jobs back to work and allowing curbside retail.
Phase two is professional service and real estate, phase three includes restaurants and phase four is entertainment and education. It’s unclear where beauty services and gyms sit in the structure.
Cuomo has not set hard and fast rules for how long a region must give each phase before starting the next but he advised on Tuesday that a 14-day period would allow officials to see whether another outbreak has begun.
That means that if New York City starts phase one on June 1 – the most optimistic target given by Mayor de Blasio – the full process won’t be complete until July 31. There were 195 new deaths across the state on Monday, bringing the total death toll to 21,835, and there have been more than 337,000 cases.
Only three regions of New York are ready to open on Friday. The others have not yet met all of Cuomo’s requirements
Cuomo’s data says that New York City is not yet ready because its daily new hospitalization data is not where it needs to be, nor are the number of hospital beds it has free. The state says the city is on track to meet its target of having 2,250 contact tracers but only 525 have been hired so far
De Blasio’s data for the city (as of Monday) says that the city has reached the number of daily new hospitalizations it needs. It’s unclear whose data will be used
Runners on the West Side Highway walkway on Tuesday, May 12. The city will remain closed until it has met reopening requirements
In New York City, there have been nearly 15,000 deaths and 183,000 cases of the virus
Data collated by the state government says that New York City currently only meets four of the seven requirements, by Cuomo’s standards.
Crucially, it says that the city has not yet hit the goal of reducing new daily hospitalizations to below two people for every 100,000. In New York City, that number is 168.
But according to data compiled by the city health department, that target was reached on May 7.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday that only 55 people had been admitted to hospitals on Saturday with suspected COVID-19 cases, and that not all were confirmed.
The city still does not have enough ICU and hospital beds free, and it also does not yet have enough contact tracers.
Of the 2,250 that are needed, de Blasio said on Tuesday that only 525 had been hired and they are currently in training. He said the city has received more than 7,000 applications for the roles and that they were going through them ‘rapidly’.
To get the jobs – which pay between $57,000 and $65,000 – applicants must have a background in healthcare. Their job will be to phone the contacts of people who test positive and tell them that they may have come into contact with the virus.
Cuomo said on Tuesday that the city was expected to meet its target of hiring 2,250 by May 15 despite the current shortfall.
The first phase of the reopening is to allow manufacturing and construction jobs back to work and to reopen retail on a curbside basis.
Then, professional services will be able to return to offices but only if they submit plans that prove how they will enforce social distancing.
It will then be down to local authorities to enforce the rules, Cuomo said.
On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been even more cautious than Cuomo since the beginning of the pandemic and who called for a shutdown before it was implemented, said New York City would remain closed until June unless ‘something miraculous happened’.
Once each region reopens, it will have a ‘control room’ to monitor a potential second outbreak.
Cuomo uses the analogy of a valve to explain how a region should gradually reopen by incrementally loosening it and watching the infection rate to see how it is affected.
If the infection rate goes beyond 1.1, it means another outbreak is happening.