Malls and nail salons have been allowed to reopen for limited indoor operations in Los Angeles County within the next 10 days, officials said Wednesday.
The additional reopenings, which go into effect with a “staggered approach” over the next 10 days, were announced at a press conference Wednesday by Dr. Barbera Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The reopening dates are expected to be released on Friday, according to Ferrer.
Indoor malls are able to reopen at 25 percent capacity with food courts closed, according to the public health director.
Nail salons are also able to reopen at 25 percent capacity, Ferrer said.
In addition, outdoor public playgrounds are allowed to reopen, upon approval of the local city, according to public health.
On Tuesday, the board of supervisors also announced the reopening of breweries and wineries for outdoor serving starting Oct. 6.
“Public Health will, as always, post comprehensive protocols for all sectors that reopen to ensure the continued health and safety of workers and people in our communities,” said Ferrer. “We urge all operators of businesses that are currently closed to implement all of the requirements in the protocols prior to reopening and this is how we ensure compliance and avoid citations fines and possible closure.”
1,063 new positive cases reported Wednesday brings the Los Angeles County case total to 270,299, according to public health.
30 additional deaths have been reported Wednesday, bringing the cumulative total in L.A. County to 6,576, according to the department.
The timeline for the next tier of Los Angeles County reopening has been set back by a slight increase in the 7-day average of coronavirus cases, according to Ferrer.
Although Los Angeles County met the State’s metric thresholds for Tier 2 last week, L.A. County remains in Tier 1 due to the current adjusted daily case rate of 7.3 cases per 100,000 residents.
Per the State guidelines, to move to Tier 2, the County’s case rate needs to be 7 or fewer new cases a day per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks. The County’s test positivity rate is 2.9 percent which places the County in Tier 3 for this metric, according to public health.
The testing positivity is the lowest since the pandemic reached L.A. County in March, according to Ferrer.
As of Wednesday, a total of 6,088 cumulative cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Santa Clarita Valley since testing began in March. This indicates that there are 41 new cases since Tuesday. These include:
- 3,528 in the City of Santa Clarita*
- 139 in the unincorporated areas of Canyon Country
- 2,070 in Castaic*
- 27 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus
- 168 in Stevenson Ranch
- 47 in the unincorporated areas of Valencia
- 78 in the unincorporated areas of Val Verde
- 13 in the unincorporated areas of Newhall
- Nine in the unincorporated areas of Bouquet Canyon
- Two in the unincorporated areas of Saugus/Canyon Country
- Seven in unincorporated Sand Canyon
*As of Monday, Sept 27, officials had recorded 1341 cumulative cases among prisoners at the North County Correctional Facility, and 499 at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center. Those cases are counted in both the City of Santa Clarita and Castaic totals.
Additionally, 71 cumulative cases have been confirmed in nearby Acton as well as 28 in Agua Dulce.
An analysis of available data indicates that as of Tuesday, Sept. 29, approximately 30.4 percent of all cumulative cases in and around the Santa Clarita Valley can be attributed to the inmate population at the North County Correctional Facility and the Pitchess Detention Center.
As of Wednesday, Sept, 30, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has conducted 8,453 COVID-19 tests. Of those, 899 have tested positive, and 26 tests are still pending with Henry Mayo, according to Patrick Moody, spokesperson for the hospital.
There are 12 patients in the hospital as of Wednesday, while 262 patients have been discharged since the hospital’s first case was reported in March, according to Moody.
One additional COVID-19 death was confirmed at Henry Mayo Friday, bringing the hospital’s total to 24 and the Santa Clarita Valley’s total to 58, according to health officials.
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