LA County Officials Warn of Labor Day Long Weekend, Gatherings With Non-Household Members

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LA County Public Health officials are cautioning about the upcoming long weekend and Labor Day.

LA County Public Health said in a press release:

"The following examples of in-person gatherings are not permitted, even if they feel safe: celebrating the new arrival of a baby with a baby shower or gender reveal party; having a barbeque with a group of friends in the backyard for Labor Day; hosting a study group with school students; having dinner with extended family and friends to honor the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur); gathering at the beach with friends over the hot weekend. These types of gatherings are risky as they bring together people who do not live together and increase the chances of community transmission."

LA County is sitting in the new purple tier Gov. Newsom and the state rolled out late last week meaning the virus is "widespread" in the county.

For example, LA County is in the purple tier which means "As of August 31, 2020, counties in the Widespread (purple) tier may open some businesses and activities with modifications, including all retail, shopping centers at maximum 25% capacity, and hair salons and barbershops indoors."

"There continues to be widespread transmission of the virus in L.A. County, which is why it is important not to gather with people who aren’t part of your household as it puts you at a greater risk for COVID-19. It is still safest to stay at home and avoid gatherings, even if everyone present is taking precautions."

So far there are more than 242,000 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and more than 5,800  deaths. 

On Tuesday Public Health confirmed 45 new deaths and 840 new cases of confirmed COVID-19. 

"L.A. County has made encouraging progress in all the key indicators the past month. The percent of positive tests is a good indicator of how we are doing at slowing the spread of the virus," Public Health said in a press release.

“As we approach the Labor Day weekend and as we plan for how our county will reopen schools and more businesses, we must learn from our past. Gatherings – parties, cook-outs and the other activities we usually do with non-household members on holidays can easily lead to increases in transmission, hospitalizations and deaths," Dr. Barbara Ferrer said Monday.

Increases in cases and hospitalizations occurred within a few weeks of the Memorial Day and July 4 holidays.

"In order to continue our recovery journey, it’s important to utilize the tools that we have and adhere to physical distancing and infection control requirements that reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19," Public Health said.

Public Health Reminds Residents of the Risks from Gathering with People from Outside Your Household: Reports 45 New Deaths and 840 New Positive Cases of Confirmed #COVID19 In Los Angeles County. View https://t.co/2TCiNt8gR6 for more. pic.twitter.com/FAJFWZbUQj

— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) September 1, 2020