On Monday, Supervisor Kathryn Barger said the county may announce, by Tuesday afternoon, a decision on reopening hair salons and barbershops.
The issue of reopening will be taken up at the LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday.
California Gov. Newsom announced reopening guidelines - again - last week for the counties in the state and this time it's color-coded and in tiers. Newsom said there will be a uniform framework that provides four tiers, not 58 variations. Newsom also announced on Friday that barbershops and hair salons can reopen across the state today Monday, Aug. 31 but that can be overridden by individual counties.
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."
The metrics to move through the tiers will be case rate and test positivity for county movement - "the new simple metrics that will determine movement within these tiers," Newsom said.
On Monday LA County Public Health said in a press release "LA County is currently in Tier 1, meaning that there continues to be widespread transmission of the virus in the county."
"The current number of new cases per day per 100,000 people is 13.1, nearly double the threshold for this tier which is less than 7 new cases per day per 100,000 population. And even though L.A. County’s current test positivity rate of 5% puts us in Tier 2 (Red) for this metric, when the two metrics fall in different tiers the state places counties in the most restrictive tier; hence, L.A. County, like most counties in California, has been placed in Tier 1. Our path forward for recovery depends on us being able to reduce community transmission significantly so children and teachers can get back to their classrooms and more people can get back to their jobs with as much safety as possible," Public Health said.
However, LA County Public Health said on Friday that the health officer order has NOT been changed to allow reopening hair salons and barbershops indoor as well as retail at 25 percent capacity.
"While LA County can, under CA’s new #COVID19 reopening rules, allow barbershops and hair salons to resume indoor operations and malls to reopen (at 25% capacity) on Monday, @lapublichealth says the health officer order has NOT been changed to allow that to happen," KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta reported last week.
LA County Public Health officials are cautioning about the upcoming long weekend and Labor Day.
On Monday Public Health confirmed 16 new deaths and 1,022 new cases of COVID-19. There are 241,768 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 5,784 deaths.
"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.
If you're wondering which health conditions might raise your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 LA County public health officials have just released some data on that.
Earlier this month, California Gov. Newsom also addressed the state tech glitch over COVID-19 cases.
Last week, among the 193 infants that were tested for COVID-19 at birth, eight tested positive for the virus and 185 tested negative, the LA County Department of Public Health announced.
LA County Department of Public Health confirmed 58 new deaths and 1,642 new cases of confirmed COVID-19.
"To date, 1,200 pregnant women have tested positive for the virus and 79% of these women were symptomatic. Tragically, two women who were pregnant passed away from COVID-19. "
The state is monitoring all counties to determine their progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19. L.A. County must stay below 100 cases per 100,000 people 14-day case rate thresholds for three consecutive days to be removed from the state’s COVID-19 county monitoring list.