L.A. County ‘With All Certainty’ will extend Stay-At-Home Orders till July

LA County’s public health director, Barbara Ferrer stated that the stay-at-home orders firstly issued in March and still followed are fully anticipated to be extended till July

On Tuesday during a Board of Supervisors meeting, Ferrer, the county’s top public health official stated, “Our hope is that by using the data, we’d be able to slowly lift restrictions over the next three months.” She further added that the stay-at-home orders would only be modified if there was “dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand.”

Previously on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, informed a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee by means of videoconference that U.S. does not have the virus outbreak “completely under control,”  and that the nationwide casualty toll is “likely higher” than the announced total of 80,000. Fauci even discussed the possibility of students likely to return to college campuses in August, indicating, “the idea of having treatments available, or a vaccine, to facilitate the reentry of students into the fall term would be something of a bit of a bridge too far.” 

Key takeaways:

  • Beyond 240,000 of L.A. County’s 10 million residents have been tested for the virus and about 12% have tested positive.
  • Confirmed numbers and casualties in Los Angeles are constantly increasing, while other regions in California have observed a decrease.
  • On Monday, the county informed that 566 people tested positive for the virus, with 39 deaths, accounting the death toll to 1,570.
  • L.A. County’s casualty count reports for beyond 50% of the state’s total. 
  • All county residents, irrespective of symptoms, are allowed to be tested free of charge at locations run by the city Los Angeles, a first for a large U.S. city.
  • County officials have told that they plan to reopen beaches as soon as Wednesday morning, although with restrictions, comprising of boundaries for closed parking lots, piers and boardwalks.

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