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Mayor Eric Garcetti Reveals Connection to Climate Change and Fatal Reactions to COVID-19
By Betti Halsell, Contributing Writer
Published April 23, 2020

LAPD Chief Michel Moore and Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti at LA City COVID-19 Briefing April 22. ( Screeshot)

Wednesday, April 22. L.A. City Mayor Eric Garcetti shared current L.A. County efforts made in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Los Angeles City Mayor welcomed LAPD Chief Michel Moore, to disclose events happening within Los Angeles Police Department regarding the coronavirus. Mayor Garcetti is looking for solutions from all L.A. county departments and federal government direction, as we experience the second month of the Stay at Home Order.

The relationship between the environment and the COVID-19 death rate was examined. A recent Harvard study linked air pollution, risk of death, and the coronavirus. Due to preexisting health conditions, people are more susceptible to having a fatal reaction to COVID-19. Cardiovascular issues also grow from long-term environmental exposure to pollution in the air. Factors of climate change and the coronavirus pandemic tend to overlap, both pose deathly results. Eric Garcetti encouraged the city to continue to lead environment change within Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles City Mayor started the coronavirus briefing with current statistics behind the COVID-19 outbreak. Mayor Eric Garcetti began his announcement with the data surrounding coronavirus in Los Angeles. As of April 22. there were 66 additional deaths, 48 of these individuals were between the ages of 65 and over. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the L.A. County to 729. In summary, there are 16,435 positive COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles region.

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Garcetti brought forth data related evidence that shows L.A. efforts in flattening the curve; even while Los Angeles is still facing unprecedented death rates behind the virus. The Stay at Home Order seems to be assisting with slowing down the spread of the virus. Testing results are still delayed, due to Labs not sending specimens in a timely manner, there is constant flux within the number of positive cases.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore is a 36-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Force. He joined the force in 1981, Chief Moore rose through the ranks of this department. Starting as a police officer he gradually became a detective, he moved on to a sergeant position. After his role as a sergeant, Michel Moore took on the position as an investigative lieutenant. He had his hands in various areas of patrol and administrative work. Michel R. Moore was promoted to captain in 1998. Moore continued his growth in the police department as a commander, deputy chief, assistant chief, and by 2018 Michel Moore was sworn in as the 57th Chief in L.A. by Eric Garcetti.

Chief Moore disclosed information that is coming through the Los Angeles Police Department. Moore shared domestic violence calls have increased. There has been a need for more resources for this issue during this pandemic. Chief Moore ensured that there is help and assistance available. The theory behind the increase is due to the Stay at Home order, people are unable to walk away from escalated issues. The police department has been seeing an inclined need for help in response of domestic violence.

Police Chief Michel Moore wanted to review the importance of social distancing, due to the season change there is a concern of people going outside, to enjoy warmer weather. Moore showed his concern, he reiterated how important it is to abide by physical distancing guidelines in order to flatten the curve and halt the spread of the virus. Being aware of the carbon footprint, has shown the disproportionate impacts within underserved communities. Within the recovery plans, Mayor Eric Garcetti is looking to redefine the city’s efforts and create a clean environmental balance throughout L.A. County. There is a plan for more opportunities for all Angelenos to be healthy.

 

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