Color-Coordinated Indicators Will Reflect where L.A. Stands During COVID-19 Crisis.

Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti (screenshot)

Wednesday, May 6,tThe Los Angeles City Mayor addressed pressing issues surrounding the impact of COVID-19. Although the city seems to have divided affects from the pandemic, a universal stem of change has shaped how Angelenos will live their lives in the future. Mayor Garcetti looked to share lighter news, he reported the community acts that are taking place in Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti defined what the “Stage 2” phase is going to look like for the city’s economy. In depth details on what businesses will open are still being discussed, but there is a formal blueprint that has been laid out by the California State Governor.

This Friday, certain retail businesses will be permitted for curbside pickup and some community spaces will be open. To clarify future decisions Eric Garcetti stated, “Life is not going back to the way it was before…” He mentioned that Los Angeles is not moving past COVID-19 but learning how to live with it. Taking steps toward progress, the announcement of Trails, golf courses, florists, car dealers, and stores that sell toys, books, clothing, sporting goods, and music have been verified to open in the second stage of recovery on Friday May 8. Specifically, trails will open Saturday, except for Runyon Canyon. Masks are still required, and gatherings are still prohibited.

Mayor Garcetti is looking to collaborate with the county to modify the safer at home orders on Thursday. The Mayor stressed the deliberate slow action to open, is to avoid unnecessary spikes in positive cases and death rates. Eric Garcetti announced a 3-level risk analysis; it measures the safety within each industry. Mayor Garcetti emphasized metrics and data that drive the city’s decision towards recovery, not political or monetary pressures. Part one of the 3-level analysis is looking at key indicators, such as the death rate and hospital capacity. Eric Garcetti confirmed if the data reflects any unwanted spikes in the key areas of focus, there will be a pause on recovery and retreat for evaluation.

Eric Garcetti shared the latest updates behind the COVID-19 outbreak in L.A. Over 200,000 people have been tested for COVID-19. The elected Official shared as of May 6. there were 55 additional deaths. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the L.A. County to 1,367. The average death rate in a week has been 45 fatal cases per day. There were 851 new cases reported, bringing the total of positive COVID-19 reports to 28,644. The latest numbers reflect a 3% increase, since yesterday. There is a daily average of 904 new cases. Within the city of L.A., the new report reflects 13,868 COVID-19 cases.

Everything in the next few weeks relies on the results from data, the progress of moving forward depends on how flat the curve remains. The level of severity is color coordinated; the mayor reported that if there is drastic surge in positive cases, the indicators will be in red. If the trends in metrics are heading in the wrong direction, the indicator will show in orange. The last indicator will represent that Los Angeles is seeing steady progress, that indicator will be yellow. The green indicator will only be used when the crisis is over and there is a vaccine for the virus. The second part of the 3-level analysis is Los Angeles will continue to practice a phased return. The third part of the Analysis is there may be times of aggressive measures, bringing back the strict social distance guidelines and retreat.