Surge in COVID-19 Cases, and What to Do
The continued surge in cases here in L.A. County is producing thousands of new COVID-19 cases a day. The Department of Public Health has not reported daily numbers like this since late July, during the last surge that resulted in many people becoming very seriously ill and losing their lives to COVID-19.
It is important for everyone in L.A. County, businesses and residents, to return to the mindset we had earlier in the pandemic where we followed the rules. For residents we ask you to take the following immediate actions:
- Re-think your holiday plans and cancel any plans for travel outside the region in the coming weeks.
- If you have plans to celebrate thanksgiving with others who are not in your household, please make sure you will celebrate outdoors with only 2 other households. If you need to be indoors, this can only happen with members of your immediate household. This is particularly important since people will need to take off their face coverings while eating and drinking.
- Stay home as much as possible for the next 2-3 weeks except for accessing essential services. This is especially important for people who are older and people with serious underlying health conditions. When possible, try to use delivery services for groceries and medicines. If this isn’t possible, assign one person from your household to take care of errands and shopping.
- If you live with people that are older or have serious health conditions, wear masks and keep your distance both indoors and outdoors as much as possible. Higher risk household members should try when possible to eat by themselves and particularly avoid being in close contact with other people who have possible exposures at their jobs or in the community.
- If you are positive or a close contact of someone who is positive, please follow the public health orders to isolate or quarantine for the full amount of time; 10 days for isolating if you are positive and 14 days if you need to quarantine.
- If you have engaged in risky activities where you may have been exposed because you were in a crowd with people who weren’t wearing masks and distancing, please self-quarantine for 14 days.
Businesses can also step up by doing the following:
- Follow all safety protocols closely and ensure adherence with masking, infection control and distancing requirements;
- Make sure there are no crowded places or spaces at your site, and limit occupancy to make sure that everyone can always distance at least 6 feet
- Allow as many employees to work from home as much as possible.
- Call public health immediately if there have been 3 or more cases within 14 days at your worksite. You can call our customer call center at (888) 700-9995, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
It is time to be very careful and as diligent as we have ever been. Whenever you are out of your home and around other people, keep at least 6 feet of distance and wear a face covering at all times.