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COVID-19 Update: Newsom Outlines Criteria for Lifting Restrictions; L.A. County Reports New High in Daily Deaths

A screen capture of the Twitter online streaming of the California state daily press briefing, on April 14, 2020. Gov. Gavin Newsom gives an update.


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Shortly after Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined the criteria being used to consider lifting mandatory “Safer at Home” type restrictions, Los Angeles County reported its highest one-day total in COVID-19 fatalities with 40 deaths since Monday.

The L.A. County totals also included a spike in new cases with 670, the largest one day total since April 5, when 663 were reported. In total, L.A. County has reported 10,047 cases of COVID-19 and 360 fatalities. Eighty-five percent of those deaths had underlying health issues. 

The county also reported the available ethnic information on 292 people who have died from the virus, which is 87% of the total deaths. Latino residents make up 34% of the deaths, followed by white residents at 32%, Asian residents at 17% and African-American residents at 16%. 

 Testing capacity continues to increase in Los Angeles County with results now available for over 63,000 individuals. Eleven percent of those tests came back as positive.

In his daily press briefing, Newsom outlined the criteria that the state, in consultation with the states of Washington and Oregon and public health officials in cities and counties in California, will be using to modify the stay-at-home orders. He said that there is not now a precise time frame for lifting the restrictions but said the next two weeks would be key.

The six key indicators are:

  • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
  • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
  • The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
  • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
  • The ability of businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing;
  • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

In the Los Angeles County briefing Tuesday, Barbara Ferrer, the director of the Department of Public Health, repeated many of Newsom’s points in thinking about any gradual lifting of the “Safer at Home” guidelines.

Both officials stressed that a key indicator would be to make sure that the state’s health care system was fully able to handle surges so that a new stay-at-home order did not have to be reintroduced.

“While we are effectively working together to reduce the speed of COVID-19, we must keep at it to avoid a surge in cases and deaths that could overwhelm our county — we do not want to lose ground,” Ferrer said. “That means we must keep doing what we’re doing for now — staying home, physical distancing and using cloth face coverings — while we implement strategies to support our recovery.” 

The current L.A. County Health Officer order runs through May 15.

Here are some of the case numbers presented by the L.A. County Health Department press release:

  • In the last 24 hours: 40 deaths, 670 cases
  • Total deaths: 360
  • Total cases: 10,047

The breakdown by community, plus Health Department confirmed institutional settings with one or more cases:

  • Alhambra: 35
    • Alhambra Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
  • Arcadia: 23
  • Boyle Heights: 64
  • El Monte: 30
  • El Sereno: 40
    • Huntington Healthcare Center
  • Unincorporated East L.A.: 102
    • Buena Ventura Care Center
  • Highland Park: 39
    • Highland Park Skilled Nursing and Wellness Center
  • Lincoln Heights: 19
  • Montebello: 60
  • Monterey Park: 34
  • Pasadena: 164 (separate health department)
    • Brighton Care Center
    • Camellia Gardens
    • Fair Oaks Regency Park
    • Garfield Care Center
    • Golden Cross Healthcare
    • Huntington Post Acute (Pasadena Meadows)
    • Jasmine Terrace
    • Rose Garden
    • St. Vincents
  • Rosemead: 16
  • San Gabriel: 14
  • Unincorporated Northeast San Gabriel: 6
  • Unincorporated South San Gabriel: 7
  • San Marino: 8
  • South Pasadena: 17
    • South Pasadena Care Center
  • Temple City: 13
  • Numbers are suppressed in communities with less than 25,000 residents, but with 1-4 confirmed cases:
    • South El Monte
    • Unincorporated South El Monte

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The Los Angeles County COVID-19 press briefing is streamed online at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, on the L.A. County Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

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