Los Angeles (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles County Department of Health reported 1,413 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and five deaths Monday, bringing the total number of cases across the county to 323,625 and the number of deaths to 7,177, indicating a steady increase in the number of reported cases in the county in recent weeks.

On the 9th COVID 19 tests will be offered free of charge. November 2020 on the site of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. (Photo by Robin Beck/AFP-Getty)

The peak is not as high as in July, but we are very concerned that the numbers could continue to rise, said Dr Barbara Ferrer, director of the district health department. From September to October we found that the average number of cases per day increased from just over 750 to almost 1,400 cases per day. And for the weekend alone, on Saturday and Sunday, we reported 4600 cases, or about 2300 cases a day.

Of the deceased, one was over 80 years old, two were between 65 and 79 years old and two were between 50 and 64 years old. Four of them were seriously ill.

These figures show real and disturbing growth, and the next two weeks will be crucial as we enter the cooler months and many holidays. We are increasingly concerned about the transmission of the virus, as well as the growing number of hospitalizations and deaths due to KOVID-19, Ferrer said.

Mr Ferrer also indicated that the Department is increasing its efforts in affected areas such as Pacoima, Solar Valley and Palmdale, where the two-week rate is more than 400 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 188 cases per 100,000 people in the district as a whole.

Other communities affected by the recent COVID 19 splash are East Los Angeles, Van Nuys, El Monte, Downey, Pomona, North Hollywood, Glendale, Santa Clarita, South Gate, Florence Firestone, Canoga Park and Panorama City.

Everyone who lives in these communities needs to take extra precautions, Mrs. Ferrer said. And if you’ve been exposed, you should know that there are a lot of tests for you to go in and find a place to get tested.

The aim of the outreach program is to inform the members of these communities about the virus, its spread, its symptoms and what can be done to minimize the transmission of the virus, such as frequent hand washing, wearing protective face blankets and keeping away from people who do not live under the same roof.

As the number of cases continues to rise, Mrs Ferrer has again publicly called on residents to respect health restrictions and avoid meetings.

It’s not a spark anymore, she says. It’s not Oh, we had a bad weekend, and now we’re putting things back together. It is now a peak in our cases, and if this continues, it will be very disturbing to see this level of cases grow in our coldest months.

Ferrer said that the province does not want to be able to close more farms, but if the residents do not take serious measures to control the infection to slow down the spread of the virus, appropriate measures can be taken.

There’s no real way forward until we can slow the spread, she said. We cannot afford the luxury of ignoring our individual and collective responsibilities if we want more children to go to school and our
companies to remain open.

Recovery does not happen when you have thousands of new cases every day, and many of those cases come from people who are in danger, which frankly is not appropriate, she continued. It’s not that difficult to follow the rules, especially because these rules support the lives of some people and improve our economy.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. City News Service contributed to this report).

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