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Mayor Garcetti Announces LAX will have a Travel Safety Ambassador Program
By Betti Halsell Contributing Writer
Published July 29, 2020

Wednesday, July 29, the Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti provided updated news about the COVID-19 outbreak. On Monday, the mayor reported the numbers were seeing a steady trend, Los Angeles remains in ‘Level Orange’ of COVID-19 caution. Garcetti shared his plans of future navigation of the city.

As of July 29, the metrics of COVID-19 are showing a level of stabilization, the city is seeing the curve being brought down. The mayor stressed the effort of bending the curve relies on everyone, Garcetti explained that wearing a face covering, attentive hygienic behavior, and staying in as much as possible is working and reflecting in the recent data.

Garcetti continued to emphasize the importance of “taking back control and stopping the spread of the virus,” he is holding everyone accountable for the next step the city will take. Garcetti described this space as a “make-it or break-it moment.”

Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti (Screen Shot)

Cases are looking to go down in the next couple of weeks, which will avert any further closures of sectors. Garcetti disclosed America’s total death rate reached a threshold of over 150,000 fatal cases, having one of the worst outbreaks in the world.

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The mayor emphasized the countries recovering the best, are the ones that are most unified “We can only beat this virus if we stay on the same page, stay together, and stay vigilant.” Garcetti shared the latest data that the city is facing, the infection rate continues to lower. The ratio is reflecting less people who are infected are spreading the virus. The county estimated 1 out of 450 Angelenos are infectious.

As of July 29, the Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti shared the latest updates regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Current county statistics reflect 4,825 new infections, bringing the total to 183,383.  Mayor Garcetti disclosed 2,255 of those reports came directly from the city of Los Angeles.  Hospitalization remains stable, there are 600 available beds, 465 acute beds, and 135 ICU beds. There are over 1000 vacant ventilators. Over 500 people are in ICU care, this is a 17.3% increase in ICU patients since last month, but there has been a decrease by 12% since last week.

These numbers are “record High,” the mayor added that they reflect a back log of numbers that were delayed from testing sites. The county also reported 91 deaths, 30 of those fatal reports came from the city, which is the highest number reported in a single day. The total deaths in Los Angeles county has now reached 4,516.

On Average there has been over 2,000 cases a day, for the last seven days and an average of 45 deaths. Through these numbers, men are showing to be more vulnerable and are dying at a higher rate than women due to COVID-19.

City Drive-thru and Walk-up testing sites have tested almost one-million people, the mayor stressed if there has been possible exposure to COVID-19, the best course of action is to get tested. He stated, “We are continually looking for ways to adjust to COVID-19 reality, ways to make our city safer and Angeleno lives easier.”

The mayor Announced that Los Angeles International Airport will have a Travel Safety Ambassador Program. It encourages passengers to practice physical distancing and follow hygienic guidelines, in the Southwest Terminal 1 and at the Tom Bradley International Terminal there will be ambassadors to hand out free masks. They will provide fact sheets detailing all the safety measures needed to fly with awareness. It will encompass hand sanitizer stations and procedures of the deep cleaning that is non-stop at the airport. The Travel Safety Ambassadors will be stationed by signs to answer any protocol related questions. Garcetti said, “We want to make sure our world class airport is also world class when it comes to your safety.”

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