LA County Plans to Hold Off on More Reopenings Until End of September

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

LA County plans to hold off on any more reopenings until the end of the month.

"We want to avoid doing that again," she told KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta.

"We do know that the state has some activities that are permitted in this county that we haven't quite decided to reopen at this point in time," Public health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

Ferrer said 'We've made a decision with our Board that we are going to hold steady until the end of September when we are going to be looking at what the data is that we have seen after the Labor Day weekend."

Ferrer notes the county saw "significant" spikes in COVID-19 cases after the Memorial Day and July 4 holidays.

"That has resulted in us needing to take some steps backward. We want to avoid doing that again," she said.

It'll take a few weeks to find out whether we're in for another surge.

For now, the numbers look good.

The seven-day average test positivity rate has fallen well below four percent. Daily case rates are also down.

However, holiday, heat and smoke-related testing site closures have resulted in a decline in testing recently.

But another important indicator, hospitalizations, also continues to drop.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county are approaching 255,000. And more than 6,200 people have died.

.@lapublichealth's Barbara Ferrer says LA County won't proceed w/any more reopenings until end of Sept. Officials want to see how Labor Day wknd affects #COVID19 numbers. She notes spikes that followed Memorial Day & July 4 prompted closures. "We want to avoid doing that again."

— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) September 14, 2020