Monday June 15, Los Angeles County Officials delivered news surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. As the city takes steps towards recovery, the numbers behind the spread of virus continues to fluctuate. Public officials are monitoring the data collected behind tests and hospitalization to cultivate an idea on the current severity of the virus. L.A. Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer shared the latest records disclosing the contraction and death rates due to coronavirus.

Many residents returned to work last week, after the Los Angeles Public Health Department announced a variety of opening sectors. Featured facilities that were approved included: Music, film, television production, day camps, recreational centers, fitness facilities, campgrounds, and other outdoor public spaces. At the foundation of these new openings, are the health officer ordered guidelines. These protocols are put in place to encourage physical distancing and safety measures for the guests and employees at each facility.

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

Chairwoman of L.A. Board of Supervisors Kathryn Barger stated, “This is another important step, to the road towards recovery. And this will provide much needed relief with recreation and entertainment as we gain our footing.” Chairwoman Barger disclosed a motion was passed last week to explore more permitting options, allowing restaurants to open outdoor space for dining. Fostering outdoor dining will strengthen the movement towards reopening restaurants. The county is looking into what needs to be carried out for each eatery to open safely.

Monday, June 11, Los Angeles Director of Public Health Dr. Ferrer shared a report 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.

latest numbers surrounding coronavirus shared on June 11, reflected 19 additional deaths, 14 of these individuals were between the ages of 65 and over, 10 of them with underlining health conditions. four people who died were between the ages of 41-65, one victim had preexisting health concerns. There was one person who was under the age of 41, they did not have any underlining medical conditions. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the L.A. County to 2,926.

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

The relationship between COVID-19 infection and ethnicity were provided. The racial background collected from 2,720 fatal cases shown 11% were African American, 17% were Asian, slightly less than 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. 93% of those who died due to COVID-19 had preexisting health concerns.

Ferrer disclosed on Monday, there were 1,071 new COVID-19 reports. In summary, there is a total amount of 73,791 coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles region. 2,599 incidents were reported in the city of Long Beach and 1,042 cases in the city of Pasadena. Amid the unsheltered, there were 506 positive cases, 215 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 16 deaths among this population.

Tomorrow, June 16, Chairwoman Barger will be meeting with Taskforce members to continue developing stronger moves that will push the agenda towards recovery forward. Barger stated the agenda includes faith-based organizations, art and cultural institutions, labor organizations, foundations and non-profits, and the healthcare and science industry. Barger stated, “We look forward to hearing about their important work to bolster the local economy and support the needs of our communities.”