The number of new cases - 1,204 on Tuesday - simply aren't going down in Los Angeles County, which accounts for almost 60% of the COVID-19 deaths statewide.
Ferrer thinks that more asymptomatic people are getting tested and that is "driving down" the rate of positivity, simply because those who were being tested previously had to be ill, and therefore, had a higher chance of actually having COVID-19.
Los Angeles County officials are targeting a Fourth of July opening date for retail, restaurants, and malls saying there are more than 1 million unemployed residents countywide.
"Everyone is worn out, and I think we all feel like enough is enough", she said. 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.More news: New York Governor Cuomo Permits Resumption of Religious Gatherings, With Strict Restrictions
"The virus hasn't changed".
Pushing back against the drive to reopen quickly are county health officials.
An interactive dashboard is available that provides an overview on COVID-19 testing, cases and deaths along with maps and graphs showing testing, cases and death data by community poverty level, age, sex and race/ethnicity.
Still, anything resembling "herd immunity" is still a long ways off, as study lead Neeraj Sood says. "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".More news: Senate passes bill removing rogue Chinese firms from USA stock exchanges
She noted that the latest testing, like the first round, found that men are more likely to be infected with the virus, as are people in lower- income neighborhoods and people under age 55. 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.
On a day the county reported more than 70 coronavirus deaths, Los Angeles County officials announced Tuesday a goal of achieving a "safe reopening" of the local economy as early as July 4.
Although only L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger officially announced the July 4 date and there has yet to be a comment from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Ferrer said that she believes it helpful to have a timeframe in mind in terms of reopening L.A. "It's still relatively easy to get infected", she said. "The restaurant industry reported that 80% of jobs have been lost".
"The County", Barger said in a news release, "in partnership with our Task Force members and key stakeholders, is prepared to move forward with recommendations that ensure the safety and well-being of employees and customers while safeguarding public health". The entertainment industry indicated that 890,000 film and entertainment employees are not working, which trickles down to numerous small businesses that provide support for this industry.More news: Coronavirus: 30 million vaccine doses 'available in September' if Oxford trial successful
"The economic and sociological impacts created by the COVID-19 shutdown have hurt our vulnerable populations the most", Barger's statement reads. Prolonged closure means many small businesses may not be able to reopen and will cause permanent job losses for millions throughout this county. "I believe we're all working collectively rather well throughout that county that we do the reopening in a method that's each wise and permits for everybody to be as protected as potential".