Officials in CA Beginning to Reverse Course in Reopenings

Rebekah Sager
July 13, 2020 - 7:51 am
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    As COVID-19 cases rise and the death toll surges past 7,000, officials in California are reversing course on reopenings in an aggressive attempt to slow viral outbreaks and hospitalizations in the state. 

    As of Monday, 31 of 58 counties have been placed on the state watch list; 18 with record hospitalizations; 12 with per-capita rates above 25 cases per day, according to the Mercury News

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    Los Angeles County had more than 3,200 new cases as of Sunday and as of Saturday, there were 6, 992 Saturday, and 6,1777 Sunday people with confirmed coronavirus infections in hospitals statewide -- the second-highest number of hospitalized patients with coronavirus so far in this pandemic. There were 72 fatalities reported Saturday but just 23 on Sunday.

    With that, the county has now recorded more than 133,000 confirmed cases and more than 3,800 deaths. That means L.A. County residents make up 54% of the state’s coronavirus-related deaths, despite making about one-quarter of the state’s population.

    Harvard University has released a new interactive map with live time data intended to help the public and policymakers assess the threat or risk level of COVID-19 in their communities. 

    Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Sunday the Trump administration is “trying to correct” its guidance from earlier in the coronavirus epidemic that wearing face coverings was not necessary.

    With virus cases surging and many states and cities now issuing orders to wear masks in public, Adams said he and other administration officials were wrong back in March. But he insists they were going with the scientific knowledge at the time, which suggested that people with COVID-19 who showed no symptoms were not likely to spread the virus.

    Test positivity in the state was 8.3% Sunday - the highest percentage in April, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis conducted over the weekend.

    Officials in Alameda County will close in-dining in restaurants, and Contra Costa County has ended indoor religious services.

    Both Sonoma and Placer counties have prohibited indoor dining and winery tasting rooms as well as movie theaters.