LA Mayor Garcetti admits 'connection' between coronavirus outbreak and protests, after downplaying link

7/3/2020 5:30:00 AM

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that public protests are likely causing the number of citywide coronavirus cases to spike, just two days after claiming there wasn't 'any conclusive evidence,' showing a connection between the two.

Garcetti, aDemocrat, was speaking at a press conference concerning the recent Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles when he was asked if the demonstrations were contributing to the spread of COVID-19.He claimed he'd consulted with Dr. Barbara Ferrer, LA County's director of public health, and determined the protests were in fact contributing to the spread of the virus.

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“I talked again with Dr. Ferrer about that this morning. She does think some of the spread did come from our protests," he said. "It’s not the act of protesting – that’s a great and American thing to do no matter what your opinion is… but protesting without maintaining physical distancing, without wearing your mask, without having sanitizer – we just have to be smart. Whether you’re at a protest or at your home, whether in your workplace or whether you’re out shopping, these rules don’t change.”

He added, “We do believe there is a connection, we don’t believe that everybody has been doing this safely and wherever you can, please stay at home.”VideoFox News reached out to the County Health Department for comment and received a video of a Wednesday interview with Dr. Ferrer, where she affirmed the statement.

"In situations where people are close together for longer periods of time and it’s very crowded, we are certain that there is going to be spread. So, we’ve never said that there’s no spread from people who were protesting," she explained.After being asked earlier in the video if government officials were downplaying the protests' effect on coronavirus stats, she said, "We’ve been really honest and said from the beginning that for any people that are in crowded situations for long periods of time – which long for us means more than 15 minutes – where you’re in close contact with people, less than six feet apart and people aren’t wearing a cloth face covering you have a heightened risk of either transmitting the virus if you are an asymptomatic spreader, or getting the virus from someone else who is spreading because they also are an asymptomatic spreader."

This clashed with made by Garcetti during the Tuesday press conference, however, where he called the idea a hypothesis and minimized the potential impact mass public demonstrations were having on the number of COVID-19 cases in the city. Read more: Fox News »

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Yes., you morons. Any large gathering is harmful. Like the one trump had and is also having tomorrow. Why do these dud dem idiot mayors keep trying to explain it away - “oh yes we know - but we know that protesting is good & all American” - quit saying the same old crap w/the freaking smirk on your face - disgusting ❤️🇺🇸❤️

Is it to late to have one country with two territories? One territory for Americans and the territory for liberals. I hate thinking that there are tax dollars being spent on a group of people that so clearly hate this country. God Bless America and watch over the police You wear a mask and think your safe? You don't remember the cdc saying this shit can live on your close or any surface for days? Man these people are getting more and more stupid.

Oooooooo revelation Here's how you get covid 19 started again you put angry protesters in the the streets of every city in the United States it's not like there standing 6 feet apart so who is getting covid 19 again people 35 to 40 year old protesters this is not rocket science think for yourself . The truth always comes out

Goes to show America that these Mayors and Governors who are Democrat work with Antifa and Black Lives MATTER, areworking agaisnt their citizens. ANTIFA always in the front rank of peaceful protesters when things go wrong.Look how much money has been given, they donthelp nobody Ya think? Yes yes yes Fox News keep trying spine this ... you can’t BS out of this .... let’s talk about Trump now. Why the F wearing a mask is a political issue? Why are we 1 in the would in Covid19 cases? Why does Putin own Trumps?

The HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT since WORLD WAR ONE!!! You needed someone to tell you that? It really wouldn’t change anything because covid doesn’t vote. My modeling attributes 12% of spread to protesters. Besides we reopened too early. Shows 70% on the reopening. Guess what? 99.9% of cases directly linked to incompetence.

When he says RIOTERS, TOO... THEN I might LISTEN. DrainTheSwamp MAGA 'His paternal grandmother, Juanita Iberri, was born in Arizona, one of 19 children born to an immigrant father from Sonora, Mexico and an Arizona-born mother whose father and mother were both Mexican. Garcetti's maternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish immigrant families.'

There has been for some time. Southern states - prepare for hail, snow and winds. The Mayor admitted the gatherings at protests may have affected the COVID infection rates. Wow. They WILL SAY IT in Cali. GoFigure DrainTheSwamp Finally he sees the light. Of course their is a connection! Good grief, anyone with a brain knows there is a connection.

Duh? It about time he wised up!! So don’t punish those that weren’t out there!! Keep Ca. Open!! Ya think? But blaming bars and restaurants and punishing those businesses. How would it be even a coherent thought that it didn't? My Lord do these people think we all have half a brain? Shocker! MayorOfLA is a fool.

Trump boasting about Covid. “We did an awesome job. Anyone who wants covid can get some. Just come to one of my rallies. It’s free“ realDonaldTrump GOPChairwoman TrumpFailedAmerica The dimly lit finally has the light turned on for a minute and says what we already know Such a ass Garcetti, you are disgusting person 🤡🤮

Well there’s a news flash! Smh Ya think Dr. Barbara Ferrer is not a doctor first of all. And second of all ... no shit!!! Ya think? Can’t be true !!!! 🙄 Duh

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