Public health confirms 3143 new cases – deadline

Los Angeles residents may have been touring Thanksgiving during the Covid-19 epidemic, but Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the director of public health in Los Angeles, said on Saturday that the county is far from clean.

At a press conference, Ferrer confirmed a total of 3,143 new Covid-19 cases, 19 deaths, and 1,951 hospitalizations. The latest number of coronavirus cases may be lower than in previous weeks, as many test centers across the county were closed for Thanksgiving. Ferrer said Angelenos can expect the number of cases to reopen next week.

The latest statistics come a day after Los Angeles officials brought another safer home order on Friday. From Nov. 30, Monday through Dec. 20, residents of Los Angeles should stay at home as much as possible and limit exposure to people outside their immediate household as much as possible.

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“If we really care about each other and care about the basic workers who take risks every day … at least in the near future, we don’t have to get together with anyone outside our immediate household,” Ferrer advised.

Ferrer also announced that various companies will have to adhere to a limited maximum customer capacity policy in the coming weeks. Non-core services can only open up to 20% and basic retail stores up to 35%, making this holiday shopping season a challenge for both customers and employees.

While Angelenos may be tempted to go to the malls and celebrate the upcoming winter holidays, this could put many vulnerable family members at risk. He added that non-compliance with official orders and masks and social distance regulations could lead to tragic results.

“The dead don’t get a second chance,” he said.

To date, Los Angeles County has identified 390,891 Covid-19 cases and 7,623 deaths related to the coronavirus.