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LA County residents can get tested for COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms.
Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti made an important announcement today in which he said that all the residents of Los Angeles, even if they do not have symptoms, can go and get themselves tested for COVID-19 at no cost. He added that LA would be the first major city in the US to offer wide-scale testing to all the residents with or without the symptoms.
He also added that those who have symptoms would be the first priority. The mayor said this policy would start tonight. It will help determine who is safe to go back to work when the economy begins to gradually reopen.
COVID-19 retreating in Bay Area, advancing LA.
COVID-19 outbreak is behaving differently in various parts of the state that is making reopening California complicated for the authorities. The number of cases has been going down in the San Francisco Bay Area. However, Southern California has been reporting an increase in the pace of new cases.
Los Angeles is the epicenter for the state of California for COVID-19 spread. The County has recorded more than 1,000 deaths. The rate of death per 100,000 people is 9.9 that is 69% higher than the next-hardest-hit urban county, Riverside, and 80% higher than the hotbed of the crisis in the Bay Area, Santa Clara County, according to a Times analysis of coronavirus data.
Stay-at-home orders to be eased by LA County by may.
The officials of Los Angeles County have passed a motion on Tuesday to develop a plan that will take the case of easing down the stay-at-home order. The strict social distancing rules will also be relaxed. The current orders are set to expire on 15th May. Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement on Tuesday that there were no plans to extend the orders further.
However, as the deadline is approaching, the officials are reevaluating what is best for the county. More than 20,000 in the county of 10 million have tested positive for the virus, and nearly 950 have died. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion Tuesday to establish an action plan to work with local businesses, labor partners, and community leaders to lift restrictions.
Los Angeles and the US hit a terrifying death count.
On Tuesday, a grim milestone was achieved by the United States that is into the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of deaths has 58,348 that was more than the causalities during the Vietnam conflict.
The deaths at that time spanned the years from 1959 till 1975, while the recorded COVID-19 causalities occurred during the short three-month span from February 9 till April 28. Johns Hopkins University has kept the tally of cases in Baltimore, Maryland. They have reported 1,012,399 total cases as of eight o’clock pm Eastern. In California, the number of cases hit 46,402, with 1,868 Californians dying.
N95 masks disinfection process to take place at an abandoned LA jail.
Healthcare and emergency workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreak need hundreds of thousands of face masks. As the supply is not as per the requirement, Los Angeles County officials have decided to recycle used masks by disinfecting them using the high-tech system.
The masks of workers in four LA County hospitals and 26 health clinics, along with sheriff’s deputies, and healthcare workers in county jails and juvenile facilities will be collected for the purpose. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement in which they said that they are opening the COVID-19 Regional Decontamination Center to disinfect large numbers of N95 masks using vaporized hydrogen peroxide.
The fate of Bay Area, Los Angeles diverge on COVID-19.
California had a painful last week with a record of 115 deaths on Wednesday. More than half of the deaths were reported in Los Angeles County. The County is facing difficulties during the pandemic. It accounts for just over a quarter of the state’s population, but close to half of the state’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are in the County. Almost half of the deaths occurred in the County.
Cases and death tolls levelled off in the Bay Area at a much lower rate, even accounting for the smaller population. The nine counties that make up the Bay Area account for 19% of the state’s population but only 17% of California cases and 15% of statewide deaths. According to the experts, early shutdown in the Bay Area might be a reason for the different trajectories.
Communities with lower income are more vulnerable to COVID-19, said L.A. County.
According to the health officials in Los Angeles County, residents who are living in lower-income neighborhoods are three times more likely to die of COVID-19 in comparison to those who are living in richer areas. As per the reports published in black media, people in the county have seen the highest death rates followed by Latino people.
The county has reported 18 new deaths on Sunday. The total number of deaths has reached 913. The total number of infections is close to 20,000. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County director of public health, said in a statement that the most difficult part of the COVID-19 is that the state is losing people to the virus.
Cooling centres opened in the City of Los Angeles amid the heatwave.
The Department of Recreation and Parks of Los Angeles has announced on Friday that it has activated four cooling centres to help people during the high temperatures that will continue through the weekend. Though the stay-at-home orders are still in place, the officials said that the centres would follow social distancing guidelines during the hours of operation. The heatwave warning began on Friday morning, and it will remain in effect through 6 PM Saturday. The cooling centres will open at 11 AM and will close at 6 PM. More information about the facilities is available by calling 311 or the Recreation and Parks public information office at 213-202-2700, or visiting www.laparks.org.
The reopening of California slowed by an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
There has been intense pressure on the government in California to allow businesses to reopen. Though the curve is bending in the state and the number of deaths is much lesser in comparison to New York and New Jersey, there is a spike in the cases and deaths this week. The officials are cautious and do not want to take any step in a hurry. Governor Gavin Newsom said in his statement that most of the six milestones that he set to consider loosening the stay-at-home order had not been met. He added that the government is not going to announce any fixed dates and will look at the facts objectively before easing the stay-at-home orders.
Kylie Jenner reportedly bought #36.5 million worth mansion in LA.
As per the reports, Kylie Jenner has bought a mansion that is worth $36.5 million in Los Angeles. It is unclear if she has bought it as an investment or planning to live in. The house was originally listed at $55 million. It is located in the exclusive Los Angeles neighbourhood of Holmby Hills and has seven bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and 20 parking spaces. It covers around 0.83 acres of land.