In the face of a COVID spike that rivals what L.A. County saw during the summer months, local officials are discussing imposing a curfew and other measures to get the virus under control.
In a statement on Sunday—when the county reported 3,061 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths—L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said, “Potential options could be instituting a curfew so businesses do not have to completely close down again, but are more limited to essential activities.”
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As Supervisor Sheila Kuehl explained, the curfew could cut down on the number of people out drinking at night, potentially diminishing their inhibitions, and failing to properly distance from one another. Public health director Barbara Ferrer said the county is looking into the efficacy of certain safety measures in other cities and states, adding that other potential restrictions could include reducing occupancy at indoor businesses, devoting more resources to making sure businesses are following existing health measures, and ensuring that everyone who can work from home rather than an in-person setting is doing so.
L.A. Times analysis shows that the county’s seven-day average number of cases has nearly doubled in recent weeks. On a weekly basis, more people are being tested than ever before, but a higher percentage of cases are coming back positive; the positivity rate is now about 6 percent versus 4 percent in late August.
The Department of Public Health will reportedly submit recommendations to the L.A. Board of Supervisors this week.