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Los Angeles County Reimagines School Education System and Partner with School Districts to Create Plans for Resurgence
By Betti Halsell Contributing Writer
Published July 27, 2020

Monday, July 27 Los Angeles County Officials disclosed the latest news surrounding the coronavirus update. Throughout this month public officials emphasized the escalation in the positive cases, L.A. has been in ‘Level Orange’ condition, on the cusp of changing to red. That would ignite a mandated order to stay at home. The L.A. Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer shared updated numbers surrounding the community transmission and death rate.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair, Fifth District (screen shot)

Latest numbers surrounding coronavirus shared on July 27, reflected 17 additional deaths, seven of these individuals were over the age of 80, six of them with underlining health conditions. Seven people who died were between the ages of 65-69, six victims had preexisting health concerns. One person were between the ages of 50-64, with underling health conditions. Two people who passed were between the age of 30-49, with one of them having a medical condition. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the L.A. County to 4,375.

The relationship between COVID-19 infection and ethnicity were provided. The racial background collected from 4,083 fatal cases shown 11% were African American, 15% were Asian, slightly less than 1% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 48% were LatinX, 25% 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 2,039 new COVID-19 reports. In summary, there is a total amount of 176,028 coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles region. 7,479 incidents were reported in the city of Long Beach and 1,897 cases in the city of Pasadena. Amid the unsheltered, there were 989 positive cases, 335 victims were temporarily housed in a shelter and have been properly isolated.

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

The Los Angeles Public Health department continues to monitor and stay in line with state orders throughout this pandemic, there has been concerning spikes in multiple measurements including hospitalization, community transmission, and death rates. Through case interviews and contact tracing, people who are exposed can react immediate with the information and properly isolate. There is a pilot program that will launch, it will offer $20 gift certificates as an incentive for full participation in the interview.

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Chairwoman of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Kathryn Barger spoke about the school year that is vastly approaching, there is a social and economic out-turn during this pandemic. School closure has played a significant role in changing the role of education and family dynamics. California state Governor Newsom has acknowledged the customized approach that is needed for the future development of students and education.

“Handling this public health crisis and its impact on its residents and businesses has taught us we need to be adaptable to meet the needs of our communities.” Chairwoman Barger stated, she described a charter amendment that will bring a level of scrutiny to the county’s budget. It will call for more community input into public policy.

 

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