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County Moves into Phase Three: High-Risk Business

Limericks Tavern in Upland readied themselves for St. Patrick's Day, days before the mandatory health order in March closed their doors. Photo by Helen Arase

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is moving the county into Phase Three of the Health Officer Order, and updating it to allow more “high-risk” businesses to open with modified operations.

Personal care businesses – including nail salons, tattoo parlors and massage therapy – casinos, racetracks and beer tasting rooms are also among the businesses allowed to open as soon as they can comply to the law’s checklist.

The county already requires residents to wear face coverings when coming into contact with others since May 13. On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians to wear face coverings in public.

Many of the questions that Health Director Barbara Ferrer to in announcing the new openings at a press briefing Friday were ace coverings. She stressed the masks are an important barrier to keep your germs out of the air, not someone else’s germs from getting to you.

Asked if there’s anything that would make the health department pull back on the reopening, Ferrer said a spike in hospitalizations that overwhelms the system hurts not only hurt COVID-19 patients, but everyone seeking care, and the county must not allow that to happen.

“It’s not about your own risk. It’s not about you,” she said. “It’s about all the other people around you. We’re in the middle of a pandemic. It’s nothing like we’ve ever experienced.”

There were also questions about tracking LGBTQ cases, and if the data on that will be available soon.

Ferrer and Christina Ghaly, director of the Department of Health Services, said they are working on this information. Ferrer said they need to make sure they’re collecting it in “ways that are appropriate” and make people feel safe enough to disclose the information.

When residents sign up for a test, they now have the option to disclose their gender or sexual identification, Ghaly said. When DHS has a week’s worth of data, it will release it on county websites.

Ferrer also acknowledged Juneteenth – originally a Texas state holiday, now celebrated nationally, to commemorate the ending of slavery in 1865 – saying this year has been devastating for Black Americans, and thanked those who continue to use their “voices and actions to create a more just world.”

Friday’s statistics bring the county to 3,063 deaths with 38 in the last 24 hours, and 79,709 total cases, of which, 1,414 were reported in the last day. To date, Alhambra has 9 deaths and 311 reported cases, according to the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard.

The county is urging those who think they may have had an exposure to get tested and self-isolate. You can make appointments for testing on the county’s testing site.

For all of the county’s investigations of congregate settings, go to their locations page.

For all of the reporting from the Alhambra Source, go to our Stay Healthy page.

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