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— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) October 27, 2020
On the same day Los Angeles County recorded its 300,000 th coronavirus case and its 7,000 th COVID-19 death, County Health Officer Muntu Davis released a health advisory for public events and private events.
Mentioning the high threat of COVID-19 infection at such occasions provided the increasing rate of COVID-19 community transmission, Davis stated that “it is critical that all of us do something about it to slow the spread” as we close in on Halloween, Thanksgiving and the winter season vacations.
” There have actually been too many circumstances of individuals unwittingly spreading out the infection at these kinds of events, which, sadly, has actually resulted in brand-new infections, serious disease and death,” continued Davis.
Considering that early October, Los Angeles Countys average number of daily cases has actually increased from around 940 each day to almost 1,200 per day. Additionally, stated an L.A. Public Health Department declaration, current contact tracing interviews over the course of 3 weeks showed that 55% of individuals who understood of a possible exposure had participated in an event or event where 2 or more individuals were ill.
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As a repercussion, warned Davis, Angelenos must “not participating in public events of any kind.” If they do, the health department issued protocols that need to be stuck to (see below).
L.A. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer stated that the current spike in cases is the outcome of “choices we jointly made two to three weeks back. And the actions were taking today will influence whether were able to continue our healing journey, or we stall or even take actions backward. We do need to slow the transmission to enable for financial healing.”
Ferrer warned that gatherings of people from different households in close proximity are a major reason for illness spread. She has actually kept in mind in current weeks that more youthful homeowners are the primary chauffeurs of brand-new cases. And on Monday, she recommended that the recent start of college and professional football, the NBA playoffs and the Major League Baseball post-season may be playing a role in the daily case increases over the previous month.
” We have all seen the pictures of sports fans rooting for their groups where theyre yelling in the middle of a big crowd, and nearly no one is wearing a face covering. This is the perfect setting for sending the infection,” Ferrer stated.
Asked to broaden on the problem, Ferrer stated events of sports fans could be “contributing the most” to the recent case boosts. Fans are still avoided in the county from attending sporting events face to face, but many still flock to dining establishments or other establishments to watch games on TV.
The case increases “do correspond with events occurring more often as people come together with non-household members to enjoy video games,” she said. We now have football video games that are taking place and of course weve had the Dodgers in post-season for quite a few weeks already.
“Gathering in large crowds to view games inside your home, individuals arent wearing their face coverings, individuals are yelling a lot. Even collecting outdoors at dining areas and viewing games with hundreds of individuals and celebrating by jumping up and down with no masks on, hugging perfect complete strangers, once again with a lot of yelling and cheering. Its so simple to spread this infection.”
Ferrer also issued an early warning for individuals to celebrate Halloween securely on Saturday. She advised locals to customize their actions to the pandemic– using Zoom gatherings, holding at-home scavenger hunts or making the most of drive-through Halloween displays. She again discouraged door-to-door trick-or-treating, although the tradition isnt being outright banned by the countys health order.
She worried that Halloween celebrations or other big gatherings are forbidden under the order.
” This pandemic has required a lot of to compromise so much this year, and we recognize the aggravation and dissatisfaction with the holiday limitations,” she said. “For now though, its merely not safe to commemorate vacations the method we normally do. Being close to others who are not in our home carries with it a great deal of danger for sending COVID-19 this year.”
To avoid future spread of COVID-19, Davis reminded Angelenos that it is best to commemorate at house with your home. If you are going to host or go to a personal event, it should adhere to the following protocols:
– Held outdoors with physical distancing in between households
– Limited to 3 homes, including the host and all guests
– Food served in single-serve non reusable containers
– Cloth face coverings being used when not eating or drinking
– Last for 2 hours or less
City News Service added to this report.
Health Advisory: High Risk of #COVID 19 Transmission at Gatherings and Public Celebrations. L.A. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that the recent spike in cases is the result of “choices we collectively made 2 to 3 weeks ago. The case increases “do correspond with events happening more often as people come together with non-household members to view video games,” she said. “Gathering in large crowds to watch games inside your home, people arent wearing their face coverings, people are screaming a lot. She once again dissuaded door-to-door trick-or-treating, although the tradition isnt being outright prohibited by the countys health order.