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L.A. County Plans to Open Additional Key Public Spaces; Schools, Museums, and Day Camps Look to be Operational by June 12.
Published June 8, 2020

Los Angeles County notified the community of the upcoming changes and standard flow of recovery from COVID-19.  Amid a global pandemic, a level of social awareness erupted within all nationalities, focusing their attention on the injustice within the Black Community. In light of the recent murder of George Floyd, a man of color that suffocated under the knee of a policemen in Minneapolis, caused thousands to protest all over the world demanding change and the focus to be on the inequities found within the black culture. Additionally, roadmaps from leading sectors are under review to continue the forward direction into economic recovery.

Aligned with the guidance from the state, Los Angeles is looking to open more key sectors this month, approximately by June 12. This will include schools, day camps, museums, camping, and “spectator free events.”

Monday, June 8, Los Angeles Board of Supervisors welcomed the public health department to give a diagnostic read on the city’s spread of coronavirus. There is still highly encouraged practice of physical distancing, wearing a mask, and Hand sanitation. Statistics show people are still contracting the virus, and the overall community death rate is still in the double digits.

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

latest numbers surrounding coronavirus shared on June 8, reflected 10 additional deaths, six of these individuals were between the ages of 65 and over, three of them with underlining health conditions. three people who died were between the ages of 41-65, two victims had preexisting health concerns. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the L.A. County to 2,655.

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The relationship between COVID-19 infection and ethnicity were provided. The racial background collected from 2,463 fatal cases shown 12% were African American, 18% were Asian, 1% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 41% were LatinX, 28% 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)

Los Angeles Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer disclosed on Monday, there were 823 new COVID-19 reports. In summary, there is a total amount of 64,644 coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles region. 2,227 incidents were reported in the city of Long Beach and 987 cases in the city of Pasadena. Amid the unsheltered, there were 462 positive cases, 205 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. There has been a total amount of 14 deaths among this population.

Leaders within each sector of industry have submitted plans for county review, in order to move forward in progress towards higher stages of economic recovery. Chairwoman Kathryn Barger stated, “The Business Corporate Manufacturing Sector presented a reopening plan, that covers the spectrum of industries and includes a phased reopening of our office buildings.” Barger continued with information regarding the food and hospitality sector updates that are already being implemented.  Office, Manufacturing, and hospitality firms continue submitting and revising plans to fully integrate socially distant practices for the safety of staff and guests.

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