Coronavirus continues to invade Los Angeles county as public health officials confirmed a total of 8,949 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday alone.
The new statistic is a sign of increased gatherings and journeys by residents and will be published after Thanksgiving. As county officials enact new home safety ordinances to slow the spread. Los Angeles Public Health has also confirmed 2,769 current hospitalizations and 44 new deaths from Covid-19.
With a daily average of over 8,460 new cases in the past three days, Los Angeles is almost twice the threshold that official figures say requires a new order for safer homes, 4,500 new cases per day. On Saturday morning, state officials announced a new stay-at-home order that should begin at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. The new ordinance will affect the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and will apply for at least three weeks if the ICU capacity drops below 15%. As of Saturday, 12.5% of the adult ICUs in the Southern California area are still occupied.
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Under the new regulation, several sectors, including restaurants, cinemas, museums and salons, must be closed or remain closed for all operations.
The critical blackout weeks intersect with the winter holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, which may continue to entice residents to hang out with loved ones outside of their homes, as many did on Thanksgiving weekend. Even if residents plan to wear masks and stay away from loved ones at outdoor gatherings, health officials say the holidays are safest when celebrated without the mixing of people from more than one household.
To date, Los Angeles Public Health has reported a total of 439,408 cases and 7,886 deaths.
COVID-19 Daily Update:
5th December 2020
New cases: 8,949 (previously 439,408)
New deaths: 44 (7,886 to date)
Current hospital stays: 2,769 pic.twitter.com/e1hDshNoQt
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) December 5, 2020