Monday, July 13, Los Angeles Public Officials delivered news surrounding the escalation of positive COVID-19 cases. Looking at the numbers, data is showing a great deal of spread among the ages of 18-40. Six out of seven benchmarks measured by the state are in critical condition, Los Angeles is looking to adjust with new transitions within scheduling tests developed by Fulgent Genetics.
Due to the acceleration in running COVID-19 tests, there is a new platform online “designed to provide more user-friendly experiences,” that has a direct connection with lab results. This update is looking to reduce the number of errors in data processing and minimize the delay in results. The newly developed interface also allows guests to adjust or cancel testing appointments, so that proper time slots are filled. The new website to schedule an appointment is la.fulgentgenetics.com.
Within the county’s press release Christina Ghaly stated, “This change is part of continuous efforts to improve the user experience and make scheduling an appointment as efficient as possible.” Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Mrs. Ghaly continued to explain, “As we work to expand capacity at current sites and add new sites to keep pace with demand, this new platform will help us streamline our operations and ensure continued testing access.”
The L.A. Board of Supervisors acknowledged significant updates California State Governor Gavin Newsom made, due to the increased levels of COVID-19. Newsom stated, “We’ve made this point on multiple occasions and that is why we’re moving back into a modification mode of our original stay-at-home order,” Los Angeles has already felt the retraction in Bars, indoor dining, and outdoor activity since July 4.
Statistics show an escalation in hospitalization, positive cases, and the overall community death rate is still in the double digits. Latest numbers surrounding coronavirus shared on July 13, reflected 13 additional deaths, all of them were between the ages of 65 and over, nine of the victims had underlining health conditions. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the L.A. County to 3,822.
The relationship between COVID-19 infection and ethnicity were provided. The racial background collected from 3,553 fatal cases shown 11% were African American, 16% were Asian, slightly less than 1% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 46% were LatinX, 26% were white, and 1% identified as a different race or ethnicity. 93% of those who died due to COVID-19 had preexisting health concerns.
Ferrer disclosed on Monday, there were 2,593 new COVID-19 reports. In summary, there is a total amount of 136,129 coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles region. 5,388 incidents were reported in the city of Long Beach and 1,517 cases in the city of Pasadena. Amid the unsheltered, there were 807 positive cases, 288 victims were temporarily housed in a shelter and have been properly isolated. There have been two additional deaths among people who are experiencing homelessness due to COVID-19.
Protocols have been prompted for grades k-12, Ferrer clarified that this does not mean schools are allowed to reopen for physical contact academia. Educational resurgence will be led by the state and individual school boards. The directives issued today were described as a “road map” to what campus will look like when they decide to reopen. Distance learning will most likely be apart of the physical learning system, student and faculty will have to wear face coverings, and extracurricular activities will be limited.
Among multiple counties, the state of California mandated to close all indoor operations such as gyms, places of worship, indoor protests, and personal care services. Los Angeles Director of Public Health Dr. Ferrer stated, “These steps are taken in hopes that we get back to slowing the spread. All of our actions and behaviors now help determine what our lives, our communities, will be like in the months ahead.” Ferrer disclosed the public health department is guided by the science and data, monitoring key metrics to see a clear report in status.