Officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) announced Wednesday that it is “very possible” that the county will enter the next tier in the state’s COVID-19 re-opening blueprint as early as next week.
On Wednesday, LADPH Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said that it is “very possible” that the county will enter the “red” tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy next week.
Los Angeles County remains in the most restrictive purple tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. In order to move into the red tier and have additional opportunities for re-openings, L.A. County’s daily case rate must be at or below 7 new cases per 100,000 people and the County’s test positivity rate must be at or below 8%, according to the Blueprint.
As of March 2, L.A. County’s adjusted case rate is 7.2 new cases per 100,000 people, and with a test positivity rate of 3.5%, just above the threshold to move to the red tier, according to LADPH Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.
“It is very possible that we will enter the red tier as early as next week,” Ferrer said. “Our case rate needs to remain at or below seven new cases per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks in order for us to be eligible for any re-openings that are allowed in the red tier, and this includes reopening schools for in-class instruction for students in grades 7 through 12.”
Once these two weeks are met, officials can also choose to increase retail capacity and allow several sectors to open indoors with modifications and capacity limits including museums, zoos, aquariums, gyms, movie theaters, restaurants and places of worship.
With elementary schools already beginning to open in Santa Clarita during the “purple” tier, in the red tier, middle and high school can also open, although district guidance may be required before students can return to classrooms.
An additional 1,759 COVID-19 cases were reported in Los Angeles County on Wednesday, along with 116 deaths.
This brings the county’s cumulative total to 1,195,913 positive cases of COVID-19 and 21,669 deaths since the onset of the pandemic, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH).
Testing results are available for over 5,854,000 people, with a cumulative 19 percent of people testing positive.
As of Wednesday, there were 1,476 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 31 percent of which were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The Southern California Region has 25.3% staffed adult ICU capacity remaining as of the state’s last update on Tuesday, March 2, according to state health officials.
Residents are encouraged to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to not gather in crowds, stay home when sick, wear a face covering and maintain physical distance from others when outside of the home.
A travel advisory remains in effect for L.A. County. Anyone who is arriving in Los Angeles County must self-quarantine for 10 days. Residents are asked to remain at home or lodging for 10 days and avoid contact with others.
On Wednesday, 27 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Santa Clarita Valley, with 25,425 cumulative cases having been reported in the valley since March of 2020, according to the LADPH. These cases include:
- 19,172 in the City of Santa Clarita* (+19)
- 44 in the unincorporated areas of Bouquet Canyon
- 792 in the unincorporated areas of Canyon Country (+2)
- 3,599 in Castaic* (+2)
- 66 in the unincorporated areas of Newhall
- 1 in Placerita Canyon
- 14 in San Francisquito/Bouquet Canyon
- 17 in unincorporated Sand Canyon
- 131 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus
- 40 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus/Canyon Country
- 1,059 in Stevenson Ranch (+4)
- 309 in the unincorporated areas of Val Verde
- 181 in the unincorporated areas of Valencia
*As of Sunday, Feb. 28 public health officials have recorded 1,977 cumulative cases have been reported at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center, including 1,439 at the North County Correctional Facility. Those cases are distributed between both the City of Santa Clarita and Castaic totals. Those cases are distributed between both the City of Santa Clarita and Castaic totals.
In nearby Acton, there have been 446 (-1) cumulative cases, as well as 254 cases in Agua Dulce.
An update on local coronavirus numbers is expected later Wednesday.
There were 16 COVID-19 patients in Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as of Monday, March 1, while 1,151 patients have been discharged since the hospital’s first case was reported in March 2020, according to Patrick Moody, spokesperson for the hospital.
One additional death was reported at Henry Mayo on Monday, with a total of 143 coronavirus deaths at the hospital, with at least 253 COVID-19 deaths reported across the Santa Clarita Valley since March 2020.
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