Since beginning to reopen several weeks ago, Los Angeles is seeing an alarming rise in cases, positivity rates, and hospitalizations, Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.
There are now more than 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Los Angeles, with yet another single-day high of at least 2,903 new cases reported today.
“We did not expect to see this steep an increase this quickly,” Ferrer said in a news conference.
The positivity rate in Los Angeles has jumped to almost 9%. About a month ago, the positivity rate in the county was at 4.6%.
Speaking specifically to those not taking health orders seriously, Ferrer said, “If you’re not part of the solution… you’re part of the problem.”
About half of the bars surveyed did not comply with physical distancing and employees were not wearing masks. Retail shops were in compliance about 65% of the time, and about 83% of restaurants were following orders.
“While it’s disappointing to take a step back on our recovery journey, it’s critical that we work together to protect the health of our residents and the capacity of our health system,” Ferrer said.