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General NewsL.A. County Eating places Retail Won’t Reopen Until July 4 At Earliest – Variety General NewsL.A. County Eating places Retail Won’t Reopen Until July 4 At Earliest – Variety
Gustavo Carr | 23 May, 2020, 06:38

"I understand the urgency to reopen and know numerous experts the county has assembled for this task force have been working hard to develop safe and efficient plans to revitalize their sectors as early as next month", county Supervisor Kathryn Barger said in a statement following the meeting.

All three reports credit officials from the Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors, and though the dates may differ, the substance is the same: A four-phase plan is being drafted by coastal city leaders that would reopen beaches in phases.

At the county's daily coronavirus briefing, Supervisor Hilda Solis and public health director Barbara Ferrer tried to stress that the July 4 date is just a goal, but the mission is to reopen the economy sooner than later, recognizing that residents are growing tired of continued stay-at-home restrictions. They were shut down in late March along with trails and parks, but now that the latter two are reopening that just leaves beaches-though maybe only for a little longer. "We've got to do lots of issues proper in order that we are able to truly get to that date of July 4 and have plenty of totally different sectors reopened..."

The county has been slowly reopening recreational amenities and retail businesses for curbside pickup only. "I know we are lifting restrictions in certain areas".

"This is how I felt", said the supervisor. "I know this is all very hard".

Of those who book testing appointments, the no-show rate is 10-20%, so Ghaly asked that if you're going to schedule an appointment but are unsure if you will show up, please "preserve the access" for others until you know you can make your appointment.

"I think reopening has proven to be a lot harder than we may have envisioned", added Ferrer. "We have worked together doing our part to save lives". But we're going to pay attention to the data and we're going to pay attention to the science. Supervisor Hahn said she thinks the reason the sand was not reopened was, "We wanted to ease people back into reopening".

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Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who has praised Apple and Google's efforts, noted that there are privacy concerns relating to the tech. These identifiers get stored on device. "The new app will allow epidemiologists to identify contacts more quickly".

The deaths lifted the county's overall total to 1,913. The beach reopening on May 13 did not include L.A. county's 22-mile beach bike path that stretches from Pacific Palisades to Torrance.

Preliminary findings from the second community prevalence study done in partnership with the University of Southern California and the LRW Group suggests there was not much spread of the virus in the general community population during the time between this study and the study conducted in April.

The July 4 date indicates a goal of the full or staged reopening of retail, restaurants, and malls. "We'll do it as quickly as we can and as safely as we can". As we head into the Memorial Weekend holiday, the unofficial start of the summer beach season, health officials are urging residents not to let the progress made slip due to carelessness.

Ferrer said the county will release as soon as Wednesday results of the latest round of serology - or antibody - testing, which is done to estimate the actual spread of the virus in the county.

County Department of Health Services Director Christina Ghaly responded to a press question about testing capacity, saying that the "vast majority" of appointment time slots are reserved daily but a "few hundred remain unfilled".

An interactive dashboard is available that provides an overview on COVID-19 testing, cases and deaths along with maps and graphs showing testing, cases and death data by community poverty level, age, sex and race/ethnicity. Just this week we learned that one USA team developing a vaccine using a new, mRNA-based technology, has already shown some positive preliminary results.