May 12, 2020
Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer indicated the county’s stay-at-home order will “with all certainty” be extended for the next three months. That acknowledgement came at a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, the same day the county confirmed 45 new deaths and 961 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Those numbers bring the county’s death toll to 1,613. L.A. County’s COVID-19 deaths account for more than half of the state’s total. The county reported 92% of people who died had underlying health conditions.
An official extension hasn’t yet been issued by County health officer Dr. Muntu Davis, but Ferrer indicated a reduced timeline would happen only if there was a “dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand.” Currently, the county said without more widely available testing, social distancing directives and stay-at-home orders are needed to remain in place.
Director Ferrer says, “Later this week, we will be issuing a new Health Officer Order that continues to lay out directives that need to be followed as we continue on our recovery journey.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday the state’s stay-at-home orders were being modified to allow individual counties to approve the reopening of malls for curbside pickup service only, as well as the reopening of some offices if teleworking is not feasible.
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