“The situation in Los Angeles is more worrying than ever,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday. “It simply came to our notice then. And we are entering an even more dangerous moment. We have no reason to believe that the worst case scenario cannot happen here in our city and county.
“This is a different time,” Garcetti said, “a new level of risk. And if we do not make these decisions now, there really is a result: we will almost certainly have to close things again. “
To prevent this, the mayor announced that the city will strengthen the enforcement of the current public health rules of the county. “I have instructed city departments to expand enforcement efforts for businesses that still do not comply with our public health protocols,” Garcetti said. “And we will issue referrals and revoke licenses for companies that violate our requirements and put us all at risk.”
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He said building inspectors, police and officials themselves – through advice – would step up to help increase enforcement.
Another measure that could be a temporary step before the shutdown could be a ban on businesses that open slowly – such as bars – where Garcetti said the virus is known to spread more freely. The mayor said he would support any decision made by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors when he takes up the issue Tuesday.
Garcetti also announced the expansion of the city’s mobile telephony testing program to provide COVID testing in non-service areas, as well as the creation of testing at Los Angeles International Airport. In addition, the city will launch a “super walkup” test site in one of the worst-hit areas of the northeastern San Fernando Valley.
He said the exact location of the test site has not yet been finalized, but will be open until next Monday, with the ability to provide 3,000 COVID-19 and flu tests, along with flu shots and rapid antigen testing for people with COVID symptoms.
Asked if the city would provide additional assistance from the tenant in the event of more business being forced, Garcetti said: [not] without Washington DC going up … to help us. If we get more money, we will put it on the road. “
Garcetti made the announcement as LA County reported 2,795 cases on Monday – a day when case reports are traditionally lower due to delays in reporting results over the weekend.
The county has also seen a steady increase in hospitalizations. The number of LA County residents infected with the virus exceeded 1,000 on Sunday for the first time in months, from 966 on Saturday to 1,014 and then to 1,049 on Monday.
Six other Koranov-related deaths were also reported by the county on Monday, bringing the death toll to 7,275.
Although the death rate from the virus has not risen sharply, this number is considered a “delay indicator”, meaning that it tends to rise several weeks after an increase in hospitalization.
Daily update COVID-19:
November 16, 2020
New cases: 2,795 (342,343 to date)
New Deaths: 6 (7,275 to date)
Current hospitalizations: 1,049 pic.twitter.com/qcresFjj2J
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) 17 November 2020
Garcetti ‘s announcement came as California Gavin Newsom put 41 of the state’ s 58 counties – made up of 94% of its population – below the most restrictive level of the coronavirus reopening plan Monday. Newsom also announced assembly instructions. Its purpose was to limit the events to members of one household only.
Los Angeles County health officials also warned Monday of a scenario Monday where the area would need to return to a home-stay blanket.
“For the next three months,” Garcetti said, “the only thing standing between this city and the worst result is us.”
The City News Service contributed to this report.