California enters a perilous phase as coronavirus spread intensifies

California enters a perilous phase as coronavirus spread intensifies

6/30/2020 2:28:00 PM

California enters a perilous phase as coronavirus spread intensifies

Officials express alarm over people flouting safety rules as the state records its highest number of new coronavirus cases reported in a single day.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health also announced a ban on fireworks displays.Ferrer said the surge is proof — “definitively” — that community transmission has increased, with the cumulative rate of those testing positive for infection increasing from 8% to 9%. Officials are now warning that 1 in 140 residents are probably unknowingly infected with the virus and contagious to others, a threefold increase over last week’s projection of 1 in 400.

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AdvertisementThat means a typical large, busy store would probably have multiple infectious persons enter and shop every day, officials said.In addition, health officials revealed that on the weekend after June 19 — the day Los Angeles County gave the green light for bars, breweries, wineries and similar businesses to reopen — more than 500,000 people visited the county’s newly reopened nightlife spots.

Inspectors, however, found over the weekend that employees at about half of bars and restaurants were not wearing face masks or shields. Half of bars and one-third of restaurants were not adhering to social distancing protocols. Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars in L.A. County and four other counties in the San Joaquin Valley closed Sunday because of the increasing case numbers.

The effective transmission rate of the coronavirus has now increased across the county. Previously, through the beginning of May, for every one person infected, fewer than one other person on average was infected — a testament to the success of the stay-at-home order. But by early June, as the reopening accelerated, the coronavirus transmission rate had crept above 1, meaning for every one person infected, an additional 1.26 people are infected on average.

AdvertisementDuring the strictest version of the stay-at-home order, officials believed that the effective transmission rate of the coronavirus was under 1, meaning that every one person on averaged infected fewer than one person. But now, officials believe the effective transmission rate is now 1.26, meaning every infected person now infects on average 1.26 other people.

(L.A. County Department of Health Services)Orange County confirmed 57 coronavirus-related deaths for the seven-day period that ended Sunday, the highest weekly death toll that the county has reported since the pandemic began in the U.S. It was the third consecutive week Orange County broke a weekly record for COVID-19 deaths.

There are now19 counties on the state’s coronavirus watch list, including L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.Officials are growing increasingly alarmed by the upcoming Fourth of July weekend because they fear more crowds and gatherings could spread COVID-19 further.

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AdvertisementLos Angeles County will close its beaches Friday and ban fireworks displays in anticipation of the holiday.All public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths “that traverse that sanded portion of the beach” and beach access points will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. The ban on fireworks displays applies to the long Fourth of July weekend.

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