As of today, the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections among West Hollywood residents has increased by five to a total of 198.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health today reports 1,857 newly confirmed COVID-19 infections and 46 new deaths associated with the virus. That brings the total number of residents confirmed to have been infected to 68,875 and the total number of COVID-19-related deaths to 2,813. While today’s count is the highest number of new cases reported in a day, 600 cases are from a backlog of test results, according to the Health Department.
The Health Department reports that 3,891 West Hollywood residents have been tested for the virus and four have died from COVID-19-related illnesses.
The number of confirmed infections in Beverly Hills is up by two to a total of 155. The number of confirmed infections in Culver City has increased by two to 166. The Hollywood neighborhood now has 315 confirmed infections, up eight from yesterday’s count. The Melrose neighborhood’s infections have increased by 16 to 660
On Friday, the Health Department will begin the implementation of Phase 3 of the State of California’s “Resilience Roadmap.”
Phase 3 will allow the reopening of the following types of businesses if and when they implement required protocols for infection control and distancing:
- Gyms and fitness facilities
- Pro-league arenas without live audiences
- Day camps
- Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
- Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation
- Music, film and television production
- Hotels for leisure travel
Employees and visitors to these businesses will need to wear a cloth face covering when around other people and practice physical distancing of at least six feet at all times.
In Phase 2, the Health Department authorized the re-opening, with health and safety restrictions, of hair salons, barber shops, religious services, retail, dine-in restaurants, beaches and trails.
Still closed are nail salons, tattoo shops, bars and wineries, movie theaters, live performance theaters, entertainment centers, concert halls and venues, stadiums, arenas, gaming facilities, theme parks and festivals. Click here for a detailed list of what is open and closed in L.A. County.
The Health Department continues to urge people who have symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested.
“COVID-19 testing continues to be prioritized for hospitalized patients, healthcare workers, and first responders with symptoms, as well as residents and employees, both symptomatic and asymptomatic, in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings where there are outbreaks.”
It said that it recommends testing for anyone who is older or has underlying health conditions with symptoms, as well as people who have been close contacts of people who are positive for COVID-19.
“Anyone that has symptoms should also consider testing. It is important to note testing negative for COVID-19 right after being exposed does not mean you can’t become infected later during the incubation period. Individuals who are tested too soon after being exposed, are less likely to test positive because the viral load may be undetectable to the test. If anyone was possibly exposed to someone with COVID-19, and the test result is negative, they should remain at home for the full 14 days, to prevent spreading illness to others. For more information on how to get tested, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.”
Residents with questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and who are looking for resources to deal with it can find answers on the City of West Hollywood’s website. Here is a list of links to sections about particular subjects and issues: