L.A. Health Officer Says Stay-at-Home Orders Likely to Continue Through July
Los Angeles County Public Health Officer Dr. Barbara Ferrer said Tuesday that safer-in-place pandemic restrictions will “with all certainty” be extended through July barring “dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand.”
The announcement was made during a Board of Supervisors meeting. It was met with shock and incredulity from much of the public.
There has been no formal order extending the restrictions for the next three months. Furthermore, soft reopening is already underway. L.A. County beaches are set to open Wednesday with restrictions, and some low-risk retail businesses have been allowed to open for curbside pick-up. Dr. Ferrer’s remarks simply confirm that some form of safer-in-place restrictions are likely to continue through summer.
“Our hope is that by using the data, we’d be able to slowly lift restrictions over the next three months,” Ferrer said.
Lack of widely available or rapid testing has been a kink in the armor of public health officials’ plans. And the data show Southern California cases are on the rise.
Most experts, including lead White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci, agree that an area should see 14 days of declining fatalities before it can reopen safely.