New goal to open widely before July 4

Henrietta Brewer
May 22, 2020

Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 1,826 people (99 percent of the cases); 39% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 29% among White residents, 18% among Asian residents, 12% among African American residents, 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races.

The first round of serology testing in April found about 4.1% of residents had antibodies in their system, suggesting an infection number of about 400,000.

The two percentages also fall within a standard margin of error in the testing, officials said. She pointed to figures released earlier this week indicating that people who test positive for the illness in the county are now infecting an average of less than one other person, down from three early in the pandemic.

But he said there is reason to be optimistic over the latest testing results. Over the past few months, scientists have learned that COVID-19, along with having a high number of asymptomatic infections, can have a lengthy presymptomatic phase, meaning that it could take weeks for a change in the infection "curve" to be detected. "This testing allows us to better understand how many people have been exposed to COVID-19 and how the virus is showing up in our communities". "The results still say, if you pool the results across the two waves, . about 3% tested positive, which means we are still far away from herd immunity, and we need to be conscious of that". Everyone must continue to practice physical distancing of at least six feet apart and wear a clean cloth face covering that securely covers both your nose and mouth when around people outside of your household. Although this round did not include the highest risk groups, Public Health is planning on surveying those living in congregate settings (e.g., skilled nursing facilities, homeless shelters, jails) or persons experiencing homelessness and living on the streets and is also planning a subsequent survey that will include children. "The entertainment industry indicated that 890,000 film and entertainment employees are not working, which trickles down to numerous small businesses that provide support for this industry", Barger said.

Although last week the county in accordance with the planned phased reopening criteria set by California Governor Gavin Newsom and state officials, had relaxed its health order to allow for additional businesses to reopen with modified conditions, such as curbside pick-up and delivery, in-store shopping at retail businesses and malls remains unavailable.

Supervisor Hilda Solis, chair pro tem of the Board of Supervisors, began the daily press briefing with the daily plea for those who are symptomatic, high-risk or quarantined due to exposure to get tested at one of the county testing sites. "It's still relatively easy to get infected", she said.

The restaurant industry had seen 80 per cent of jobs lost, and 890,000 people in the film and entertainment employees were laid off.

". Anyone listening to yesterday's meeting heard loud and clear that employees and businesses are suffering".

"The economic and sociological impacts created by the COVID-19 shutdown have hurt our vulnerable populations the most", Barger's statement reads.

Many more local businesses may open or expand service as soon as July 4. And I think we all really felt like once we started to reopen, everything was going to be good and we were just going to be able to move on pretty quickly.

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