LA will keep stay-at-home orders through to AUGUST as infections and deaths continue to rise and the county's health director warns a 'dramatic change' is needed before lockdown rules are relaxed

LA will keep its stay-at-home orders in place through to August as infections and deaths continue to rise and the county's health director warned a 'dramatic change' is needed before lockdown rules can be relaxed.
LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday that the stay-at-home orders will 'with all certainty' be extended for the next three months.
Ferrer said the shocking timeline will only change if LA sees a 'dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand'.  
The county continues to see a spike in cases and deaths, with another 566 people testing positive and 39 dying from the virus Monday. 
LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer (pictured) announced during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday that the stay-at-home orders will 'with all certainty' be extended for the next three months
LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer (pictured) announced during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday that the stay-at-home orders will 'with all certainty' be extended for the next three months
This takes the total death toll in LA to 1,570, meaning it makes up more than half of the 2,789 deaths across the whole of California. 

Ferrer said the aim is to ease restrictions over the coming months but that this will only happen if the rates of infections and deaths decline.  
While other parts of the state have recorded a decline in daily infections and deaths, LA continues to record a growth in both areas. 
'Our hope is that by using the data, we'd be able to slowly lift restrictions over the next three months,' she said. 
The county also needs to have access to more 'tools' such as testing to bring the outbreak under control, she added. 
Just 240,000 of the 10 million residents have been tested for the virus so far, with around 12 percent testing positive.  

A man walks across a closed parking lot at Santa Monica Beach in LA. Beaches can reopen Wednesday but only for surfing, running, walking and swimming
A man walks across a closed parking lot at Santa Monica Beach in LA. Beaches can reopen Wednesday but only for surfing, running, walking and swimming
A man jogs on the sand at Venice Beach, which has remained closed. It will reopen tomorrow for limited activities
A man jogs on the sand at Venice Beach, which has remained closed. It will reopen tomorrow for limited activities 
The death toll in LA has reached 1,570, meaning it makes up more than half of the 2,789 deaths across the whole of California
The death toll in LA has reached 1,570, meaning it makes up more than half of the 2,789 deaths across the whole of California
The City of Angles started relaxing some restrictions last week.  
Parks, hiking trails and golf shops reopened Saturday and nonessential businesses started operating curbside pickup.
Beaches are also set to reopen Wednesday but only for surfing, running, walking and swimming, with sunbathing banned and people required to wear masks when not in the water. 
Ferrer's comments suggest  any further easing of restrictions could be some time away. 

On Monday, the health official told LA residents to prepare for the likelihood that the county's reopening will not coincide with the rest of the state. 
'Literally half the cases and half the deaths are happening in LA County right now,' she said during Monday's briefing.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has said different counties should take different measures based on the localized extent of the contagion. 
Several parts of California have been noticing a downward slope in cases and deaths, and Newsom started relaxing rules across the state last week. 
Some businesses including clothing, sporting goods, florists and other retail stores reopened for curbside pickup.  
A drive-thru testing site in Woodland Hills in LA. 240,000 of the 10 million LA residents have been tested for the virus so far, and around 12 percent have tested positive
A drive-thru testing site in Woodland Hills in LA. 240,000 of the 10 million LA residents have been tested for the virus so far, and around 12 percent have tested positive
Governor Gavin Newsom (pictured) started relaxing some rules across the state last week but warned some counties need to be slower than others in easing rules
Governor Gavin Newsom (pictured) started relaxing some rules across the state last week but warned some counties need to be slower than others in easing rules
Newsom then announced Tuesday that offices where telework is not possible can reopen with social distancing modifications.
Malls and outlets will be allowed to offer curbside pickup and outdoor museums, car washes, pet grooming and dog walking can also resume operations, the governor announced.
It is not yet clear when the changes to rules will take effect. 
California was among the first states to go into lockdown with some of the strictest measures in the country.  
LA will keep stay-at-home orders through to AUGUST as infections and deaths continue to rise and the county's health director warns a 'dramatic change' is needed before lockdown rules are relaxed LA will keep stay-at-home orders through to AUGUST as infections and deaths continue to rise and the county's health director warns a 'dramatic change' is needed before lockdown rules are relaxed Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:33 Rating: 5

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