As Los Angeles County braced for a possible return to business closures and stay-home orders on Friday, Nov. 20, public health officials reported another day of alarmingly high new coronavirus cases, this time hitting 4,272.
Over the past three days, the county has reported 13,247 new cases for a three-day average of 4,415.
Thursday saw the county’s highest daily case count since the pandemic began with more than 5,000 cases reported amid a worsening second surge of the coronavirus.
Another 35 deaths were also reported Friday. So far, the virus has claimed the lives of 7,396 people in L.A. County and more than 250,000 people nationwide.
While average daily deaths have declined since August — down to around 10 in early November — that number was rising anew over the past week week with roughly 20 daily new deaths on average.
Hospitalizations, too, were seeing dramatic increases, up to 1,298 on Friday — the highest since August — representing a 78% increase from a month ago when daily hospitalizations were 730.
The county is now on pace to see a sweeping stay-home order triggered sometime soon. If the rate of daily new cases remained 4,000 for a five-day period or if hospitalizations climb above 1,750, dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will be prohibited. If the county surpasses more than 4,500 new cases per day over five days, or 2,000 hospitalizations, the stay-home orders would be back into affect.
L.A. County on Thursday amended its health order to align with a state order issued Thursday imposing a general curfew, starting Saturday and ending Dec. 21, that limits the movements of all but essential workers from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
By nearly every measure, the coronavirus was surging in L.A. County at the fastest pace now since the pandemic began. That reality triggered county officials to issue renewed business restrictions that took effect Friday — including a ban on outdoor dining from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News