Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned residents Tuesday that the next two weeks will be crucial in determining whether the current surge in coronavirus cases will be temporary or push into the holiday season.
There were 25 more deaths and 2,318 additional coronavirus cases recorded Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The surge in cases means that Los Angeles is one of 11 counties in California that have fallen backward in reopening plans.
Five of the six indicators — including seven-day positivity rate, hospitalizations and acute care bed capacity — that health officials track for reopening plans are headed in the wrong direction, Garcetti said. Hospitalizations have also increased to almost 900, with 28% of those patients being treated in the intensive care unit, according to county public health officials.
For the first time, Los Angeles residents received an emergency text alert from the city Tuesday evening warning them that cases are increasing. Garcetti said the text alert is a reminder that testing is available.
“It’s going to go to everybody,” he said of the alert. “It doesn’t mean you have symptoms. It’s a reminder that if you do have symptoms or know somebody, please make sure you get tested.” Read from source….