More than 2,000 new coronavirus cases have been reported in Los Angeles County for the fourth straight day.
Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer noted that “immediate action is necessary” in Los Angeles after reporting the county’s 2,002 new cases.
Ferrer will reissue health orders to comply with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directive to close dining inside restaurants, museums, zoos and other activities.
She advised the public to steer clear crowds, confined spaces and close contact with other people.
By the numbers: Health care workers and first responders account for well over 7,000 of Los Angeles County’s 105,000 Covid-19 cases.
Roughly 45% of those work in nursing homes and 25% work in hospitals. More than 50 health care workers have died of Covid-19 in Los Angeles to date, Ferrer said.
Testing locations throughout Los Angeles are at capacity and will not be accommodating new appointments, according to Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly.
More tests will be available next week, she promised. Ghaly said there is no shortage of test kits, but holiday closures and increased demand are the reason for limited appointments.