LA Mayor: "Do Not Get Together With Someone Who is Not in Your Household" as COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Shoot Up

Ameera Butt
July 08, 2020 - 5:57 pm

    Mayor Eric Garcetti chided the public saying there were too many social gatherings at the pool, family gatherings and other group activities happening.

    He recounted how more than 50 percent, who are testing positive for the virus in Los Angeles County, is between 18 to 40 years of age. 

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    He also "schools will only open when they are safe."

    Just today, health officials are urging ONLY those who have symptoms or have had known contact with the virus to get tested as demand for testing builds. Garcetti also talked about the testing and who should be prioritized as demand and cases surge.  Garcetti said on Tuesday at LA County and city sites 20,000 COVID-19 tests were performed, a new record.

    He said the next two days are booked up but they are adding more testing for this Saturday and into next week. 

    In LA County, the LA County Public Health Director has issued a warning about the coronavirus outbreak as cases and hospitalizations surge.
    The daily positivity rate (a composite of a 7-day rolling average) is 10.4%, a rate that Los Angeles County hasn’t seen since late-April.

    Right now, there are more than 3,600 deaths from COVID-19 in LA County and more than 123,000 COVID-19 cases. 

    "Do not get together with someone who is not in your household," Garcetti said adding these weeks are critical on whether schools and the economy reopens.

    He said people should avoid crowds confined environments and close contact. 

    He said the threat level remains at "orange." He also talked about the largest renter's relief fund providing $100 million to help renters stay in their homes. 


    Earlier today, Gov. Newsom added more counties to the state's monitoring list and addressed reopening schools soon in the state.

    That comes as President Trump has said this week he will force governors to reopen their schools.

    Gov. Newsom has ordered the closure of indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, zoos, movie theaters in certain counties for at least three weeks for more than 20 counties amid rising cases of COVID-19. 

    Newsom also ordered the closure of bars in LA County and other counties. On June 18, Newsom issued a statewide mandate on wearing masks in public.

    All of this as Dr. Fauci warns that the U.S. could see 100,000 cases of COVID-19 a day if Americans don't follow safety protocols and recommendations from public health.

    Here is a complete list of COVID-19 cases among LAFD, LA County Fire, LASD and LAPD.