LA County sees a recent increase in coronavirus cases


LA County has seen a recent increase in coronavirus cases.

But it's unclear whether it's a sign that we're heading into another post-holiday surge.

Case rates were up last week compared to the prior week.

It should be noted that Labor Day, heat and smoke-related closures led to a temporary drop in testing.

"We are looking every day at the data to see whether we have an indication that we are going to see a surge in the number of cases, which would be the first place we would see an increase, related to how we behaved with each other over the Labor Day holiday," Barbara Ferrer, the county's public health director, says.

"We do have four days of data from last week that showed a significant increase in the number of cases. We need to look at Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday's case data here to see if whether the increase continues or we actually stabilize. I think by the end of this week, we will have a much better sense," she said.

Ferrer notes the county saw a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths after Memorial Day and July 4.

The county's now being more cautious about reopening, waiting to see how the Labor Day weekend affects the numbers before proceeding.

Since the pandemic began, more than 261,000 county residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and close to 6,400 have died.