The new order, which will take effect on Monday and run until at least December 20, will come as the county sees a disturbing ripple in COVID-19 cases.
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The county registered an average of more than 4,700 new cases per day, the highest since the start of the pandemic. Health officials remain particularly concerned about possible Thanksgiving gatherings as well as the upcoming December holidays, which could further increase transmission speeds.
According to the new order:
More details on the Public Health Regulation can be found here.
The union, which represents hotel and food workers, says they support the new plan because it protects those who work on the front lines and communicate regularly with the public.
“The decision to support the measure is science-driven and prioritizes the health of all workers – servants and cooks, as well as nurses and doctors,” said Kurt Peterson, 11 at Unite Here Local.
Doctors also spoke out as supporters, reminding the public that more than half of the coronavirus cases were spread by people who had no symptoms.
“If you take a negative test in one day, there is no guarantee that it will be negative the next day or the day after,” said Dr. Greg Moran of the Olive View UCLA Medical Center. “So the main message is still vigilant.”
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