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COVID-19 Related Deaths Reach 3,000; L.A. County Officials Looking for Safest Way to Reopen.
By Betti Halsell Contributing Writer
Published June 19, 2020

Friday June 19, also Angeles public officials shared the latest news surrounding the COVID-19 virus. This week the focus was pulled in many directions, all levels of government are looking for ways to answer the call for police reform due to the overwhelming response to George Floyd’s Death. Although that has been the current case within elected office, the threat of coronavirus is still present. L.A. County officials look for the safest ways to gain economic recovery. As of June 18, many different sectors were approved to be open, including nail salons and tattoo shops. The L.A County Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer shared the last eat statistics surrounding COVID-19.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair, Fifth District. (Screen Shot)

Los Angeles County Officials continue to emphasize the importance of taking precautionary steps towards opening the economy. As of June 18, Nail salons, spas, tattoo shops, casinos, bars, and wineries are now approved to reopen. Within nail salons, staff must wear a face covering, respirator, or face shield in certain cases. Simultaneous services, such as receiving a manicure and pedicure will not be permitted, and reservations will be required. Additionally, Faith-based and protest organizations that hold outdoor events will no longer have a maximum limit. Public officials are being guided the state Resiliency Roadmap, L.A. has reached the Phase 3 Benchmark.

The last COVID-19 case count was given publicly on Friday, June 19, by Dr.Ferrer. latest numbers surrounding coronavirus reflected 38 additional deaths, 31 of these individuals were between the ages of 65 and over, 26 of them with underlining health conditions. Seven people who died were between the ages of 41-65, six victims had preexisting health concerns. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the L.A. County to 3,063.

The relationship between COVID-19 infection and ethnicity were provided. The racial background collected from 2,779 fatal cases shown 11% were African American, 17% were Asian, slightly less than 1% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 42% were LatinX, 29% were white, and 1% identified as a different race or ethnicity. 14% of all positive cases were hospitalized at some point. Fatal cases within congregational settings such as assistant living represent 52% of overall COVID-19 deaths. 93% of those who died due to COVID-19 had preexisting health concerns.

Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director, Public Health. (Screen Shot)

Ferrer disclosed on Friday, there were 1,414 new COVID-19 reports. In summary, there is a total amount of 79,609 coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles region. 2,888 incidents were reported in the city of Long Beach and 1,099 cases in the city of Pasadena. Amid the unsheltered, there were 548 positive cases, 222 victims were temporarily housed in a shelter and have been properly isolated.

Amid the general updates, Chairwoman of the L.A. Board of Supervisors Kathryn Barger shed light to this historic day, “ I would like to acknowledge that today is Juneteenth, we continue to look at this meaningful day in our nation’s history and look to our future as a county as a county and as a nation, with a commitment to unity and equality”

Dr. Ferrer stated, “This is in fact the day that we honor the strength and resilience of all who fought for and continue to fight to end of anti-black racism. This is has been a year of devastation for many African Americans and also a year of resistance and strength in standing against racism and violence.”

 

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