LA County public health official warns against ‘non-essential activities’ to mitigate COVID surge –

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Over 40,000 positive cases reported

As positive coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County continue to rise, county officials are warning the public against “non-essential activities” in the coming weeks.

“While we are in the wave, we ask that you exercise extra caution, even if you are vaccinated and boosted,” LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said at the meeting. supervisory board on Tuesday 11 January. “One way to reduce transmission is to wear a high quality mask whenever you are around non-household members.

While the county hasn’t specified which activities are deemed non-essential, Ferrer advises avoiding contact with those who aren’t vaccinated, avoiding indoor parties and large gatherings where people are likely to be exposed.

On Friday, January 14, the county reported 40,545 new positive cases and 48 new deaths from COVID-19 countywide.

The county’s call for the public to limit non-essential activities is largely fueled by the growing pressure the surge is placing on county hospitals, Ferrer said, adding that those who are unvaccinated are more than twice as “likely to be infected than those [who are] vaccinated.”

According to a news release, county hospitals are seeing an average of 629 new COVID-19 admissions per day. Currently, 4,257 people are hospitalized countywide with COVID-19 — the highest number since Feb. 5, 2021 — with 25% of patients in intensive care.

“As Omicron sweeps through Los Angeles County, many challenges and frustrations are mounting. The enormous pressure on our healthcare personnel can be alleviated by reducing the transmission of the virus so that [fewer] people are seeking medical attention,” Ferrer said. “With thousands of people critically ill from COVID and deaths rising every day, it is too risky for too many people not to continue to take precautions and make strategic decisions to minimize community transmission.”

In order to keep schools and workplaces open, the county urges all residents and workers to always adhere to masking requirements in crowded public spaces, regardless of vaccination status, and to stay home and stay safe. isolate in case of illness.

“We know how important it is for our well-being to be together with friends,” she said. “We have to be sure that we are able to protect each other. The reality is that parties and events – especially those indoors with people who are unvaccinated or at high risk of serious illness – facilitate the spread of this virus. Limiting our time with others to these more essential activities related to work or school is a prudent step that everyone should take whenever possible.

Despite the public appeal, Ferrer said last week that there were no plans to move the Super Bowl, which is scheduled to take place at the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Feb. 13. not

Klarize Medenille

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