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One year ago today (October 11, 2020) … Los Angeles County reports 971 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths, bringing the county’s totals to 282,135 cases and 6,771 deaths.

The number of new cases got a four-day streak, with the county reporting more than 1,200 new coronavirus cases, potentially jeopardizing efforts to reopen more sectors of the local economy. The impact of Sunday’s figures was unclear, as figures are typically lower on weekends due to reporting delays.

Hospitalizations due to the virus rose from 701 Saturday to 715 with 26% of these people on intensive care, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.

Los Angeles County is still at the most stringent level in the state’s four-tier economic reopening roadmap. The county’s recent test positivity rate is low enough to qualify the county to move up to a less restrictive level, but the average daily number of new cases must drop to around 700 a day before a movement occurs.

From Wednesday, the county’s number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants averaged 7.4, slightly above the limit of 7 needed to move out of the state’s restrictive “purple” level.

Health officials said they would closely follow the case numbers this week, and the increased number last week should be a reminder that COVID-19 is still spreading in the community.

On Tuesday, the county approved breweries and wineries that do not have their own kitchen for reopening for outdoor service, provided they partner with a third-party food provider. All on-site alcohol sales in breweries and wineries must be accompanied by a “bona fide meal” purchase.

On Saturday, county health officials reminded residents of the importance of restaurants, breweries and wineries showing televised sporting events to follow protocols and directives to prevent the spread of the virus – a particularly timely reminder as the Lakers play Game 6 of the NBA Finals Sunday night , and the Dodgers begin the National League Championship Series on Monday.

Public health protocols for these companies include:

– Do not allow customers to gather in any areas or around televisions;

– Limited to outdoor seating and a maximum of six people at a table;

– Requires face wipes when customers do not eat and / or drink, including on arrival, when entering and leaving the facility and when using toilets;

Securing six feet of physical distance between tables;

– Ensure that employees interacting with customers are wearing a cloth face cover and a face shield.

After months of closure, indoor malls were allowed to reopen on Wednesday, albeit limited to 25% of capacity and with food and communal areas still closed. It follows nail salons, which were allowed to reopen indoors last week; card rooms, which were allowed to open outdoors on Mondays; and outdoor playgrounds, which were approved for reopening at the discretion of individual cities.

The county also began accepting applications for exemption from schools this week that want to offer personalized tuition to preschool through second-grade students. Ferrer said about 26 schools have so far submitted dispensation applications.

One year ago today (October 11, 2020) … Los Angeles County reports 971 new cases of COVID-19, three deaths was last modified: October 11, 2021 by Contributing editor

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