L.A. County Department of Public Health
The Centers for Disease Control predict an upward trend in the number of deaths nationwide. Los Angeles County currently holds the record for the most confirmed cases in the nation.
We have compiled data and guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center and Medicine to provide an update for L.A. County. The data will be up-to-date as of September 4th. Here is your weekly COVID-19 update.
Total number of cases:
Total cases and deaths as of September 4. (L.A. County Department of Public Health)
The number of positive cases has continued to rise since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in LA County on Jan. 26. Over 2% of L.A. County's 10 million residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
Los Angeles County September 4 COVID-19 Cumulative Cases Curve (L.A. County Department of Public Health)
There are currently 984 COVID-19 positive patients in LA County hospital. 310 COVID-positive patients are in the intensive care unit. The district currently has 913 available intensive care beds.
Race and Ethnicity:
Los Angeles County's data shows cases and deaths disproportionately affect people of skin color.
Breakdown of Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of September 4th. (L.A. County Department of Public Health)
The LA County of Department of Public Health reported that the Latino population accounts for 50.5% of all COVID-19 deaths.
Breakdown of Deaths by Race and Ethnicity as of September 4th. (L.A. County Department of Public Health)
Local official updates:
California is introducing a new COVID-19 reporting system in October
OptumInsight Inc., a consulting firm for the healthcare industry, has compiled a database of COVID-19 test results and replaced the previous reporting system, the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange. CalREDIE was inefficient as it created a backlog of up to 300,000 cases due to discrepancies.
California is introducing a new COVID-19 reporting system to calculate accurate positivity rates, provide efficient contact tracing, and investigate recent cases in a timely manner. Dr. California health and social services secretary, Mark Ghaly, said in an interview with CalMatters that the new lab, managed by PerkinElmer, a Massachusetts-based diagnostic company, will allow them to find out more information in the new COVID-19 Data reporting collecting system.
Newsom signs laws to protect tenants and landlords
Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that allows tenants and landlords to avoid evictions or foreclosures due to the economic impact of COVID-19.
“This new law protects tenants from eviction for non-payment of rent and helps homeowners stay out of foreclosure due to the economic hardship caused by this terrible pandemic. However, it will only be a bridge to a more permanent solution once the federal government finally recognizes its role in stabilizing the real estate market, "Newsom said.
CDC issues nationwide eviction ban
The Centers for Disease Control are ordering a temporary ban on evictions across the country, which would affect up to 40 million people, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Tenants are temporarily placed in a situation where they will not be evicted if they meet the eligibility criteria. To qualify, individuals must certify that they have an income of less than $ 99,000 or double the amount in 2020 if a joint tax is filed and that the eviction would result in them becoming homeless or in the Live near more people.
"It is quite an extraordinary, courageous and unprecedented measure that the White House is taking to save lives and prevent millions of people from losing their homes in the middle of a pandemic," said Diane Yentel, CEO of National Low Income Housing Coalition in the NPR article.
Reopening of indoor operations for shopping centers, hairdressing salons, barber shops and special schools
Los Angeles district director Janice Hahn stated that stores, malls, hair salons and barber shops can reopen indoor operations at 25% capacity.
In addition, the Los Angeles County's School District is opening in-person courses for children with disabilities and students learning English as a second language.
According to CBS Los Angeles, Lisa Mosko, the director of Special Education Advocacy for the Speak Up group, said a survey by the group found that 50% of parents with children with disabilities were not getting the services they needed.
"So many students cannot easily access the support and teaching they need through distance learning, even when everyone tries," Mosko said.
What is open:
Some non-essential retail stores with changes
Parks and beaches with modifications
Common residential pools
Nail salons (outdoor with modifications) – limited to 25% capacity
Hairdressing salons (outdoors with modifications)
Gyms (outdoors with modifications)
Barbershop – limited to 25% capacity
Indoor shopping centers – limited to 25% capacity
Schools for special needs
What is closed
Indoor dining in restaurants
Face masks are still required in public. According to health officials, gatherings should only be restricted to people in your household.
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the testing centers will be closed over the weekend due to the extreme heat in LA County.
The L.A. County website lists 168 test locations that are available for both walk-up and drive-up testing. Tests are only possible by appointment.
A comprehensive map of the test locations can be found here.