Officials also warned that the county could run out of hospital beds over the next couple of weeks if the trend in COVID-19 cases continues. "The framework for us is this - if you're not gonna stay home and you're not gonna wear masks in public, we have to enforce, and we will and we'll be making announcements on enforcement tomorrow".
Los Angeles County remains the epicenter of the outbreak in the state-making up roughly more than half of new transmissions in California. California has a total of almost 217,000 cases and around 6,000 deaths. The figure exceeds the total number of cases Florida experienced between March 1 - when the first case was detected - and April 2, when the number reached 9,008. To slow the spread of the virus, counties throughout the Sunshine State and South Florida in particular are reimposing restrictions on, among other things, access to public facilities such as beaches.
As of Tuesday, about 9% of the more than 1.1 million people tested in the county have tested positive. The cumulative positivity rate has increased from 8 to 9 percent, and the seven-day average of the daily positivity rate has increased from lowest daily rate of 4.6 percent positivity in late May to 8.4 percent now.
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On Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) ordered L.A. County beaches closed from July 3 through July 6 at 5:00 a.m.to prevent "dangerous crowding" that results in the spread of deadly COVID-19. This is the largest number of people hospitalized since early May. According to county health officials, nearly half of bars and 33 percent of the restaurants inspected over the weekend were not following social distancing rules and employees were not wearing masks or face shields at 54 percent of the bars and 44 percent of the restaurants.
Overall, 83% of restaurants were found to be in violation of some aspect of the operating guidelines, as were 65% of retail stores. There are 1,889 people now hospitalized, 27 percent of these people are in the ICU and 18 percent are on ventilators. She did not name the business, but statistics posted on the county's website confirm the business was LA Apparel, which has three adjacent factories on 59th Street in South Los Angeles.
County Administrator Verdenia Baker, citing an increase of coronavirus cases in Palm Beach County and statewide, as well as the recent beach closures of neighboring Broward and Miami-Dade counties, "finds it necessary to close all public, municipal and private beaches and beach parks in Palm Beach County for the Fourth of July holiday weekend".
According to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times this week, coronavirus hospitalizations in the state began accelerating around June 15 - which, given the incubation period of the virus, points to Memorial Day weekend holiday barbecues, beach trips and graduation parties as potential culprits.