A day after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned that “we are likely to return to a mandatory stay-at-home order” in a week or two if coronavirus conditions in the region worsen, the head of the Department of Los Angeles County Health agreed, with some ratings
“Nothing can be off the table in the pandemic,” said county public health director Barbara Ferrer. “There are too many unknown things and many things can happen that could put us in a much worse situation, including some serious mutations of this virus that make it more dangerous.” So I would never be the person to say, ‘Absolutely. Out of the question. We can never go back to Safer At Home. ‘
“There is too much unknown here,” Ferrer continued. “There is a virus. There is a pandemic. Much of what happens here also depends on what happens in other parts of the country, so we should not take any tools off the table, “he said. Ferrer emphasized that he does not want to see such restrictions imposed again.
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“What I would like to say is that I hope we never have to go back to Safer At Home. I hope we do our job well … we all do our job well and go back to what we know we can do, that curve is slow. “
On Wednesday, Garcetti had sounded a similar note. Amid the largest increase in hospitalizations since the pandemic began, Garcetti warned: “These [next two] The weeks are absolutely critical. It is critical if our schools open, if our economy thrives. ”
He reminded residents that “All options remain on the table. We will do whatever it takes. “
On Thursday, Los Angeles County confirmed 50 new COVID-19 related deaths. That number was much higher than the 7-day moving average of 24 deaths, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a record number of daily deaths in the state from COVID-19 on Thursday, with 149 lives lost in the past 24 hours. That’s about 23 percent from the previous high of 115 deaths. That bleak mark was reported on April 22, during the virus’ previous spike in California. The total number of lives lost in the state due to the coronavirus is now 6,711.
Most worrying for Ferrer was the record number of people reported hospitalized due to the virus. On Thursday 2,037 people were hospitalized due to coronavirus. The only other peak that even came close was the previous high of just under 2,000 deaths in late April. Shortly after that, in June, the average number of hospitalized COVID patients dropped to around 1,400.
“Our cases are increasing, the infection rate is increasing and the number of hospitalizations has increased,” Ferrer said Thursday. “These numbers recall what we saw months ago in what we thought was going to be the height of the pandemic here in Los Angeles County.”
She reiterated concerns voiced on Wednesday that the increasing number of cases and hospitalizations would lead to a higher number of deaths in the coming weeks.
Ferrer noted Wednesday that while 93 percent of those known to have died in Los Angeles County from the virus had underlying health conditions, 7 percent of people who died and had no existing health problems should serve as a warning.
“When the numbers are as big as they are today, that 7 percent represents dozens and dozens of people who may have thought they were not at risk of serious illness and even death from COVID-19, but unfortunately this virus can affect many, many different people. “