Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) inspectors continue to visit businesses across the county every day to ensure compliance with required safety measures and masking guidelines, provide technical assistance, and respond to complaints of non-compliance.
Between September 4 and September 10, Public Health inspectors visited 909 restaurants, 45 bars, 214 food markets, one brewery, 25 hotels, 45 gyms and fitness centers, 73 hair salons or barber shops, 51 food manufacturing plants, 25 garment manufacturing plants, 170 personal care businesses, 29 retail stores, 25 warehouses, 12 office sites, six family entertainment venues and seven large outdoor and indoor venues with a capacity for more than 10,000 people. Overall, the compliance inspections revealed that while the majority of businesses were in compliance, there continues to be room for improvement with employee and customer masking at fitness centers, garment manufacturing plants, and retail stores.
Between September 4 and September 10, eight citations were issued to businesses, including fitness centers and restaurants, for noncompliance with Health Officer Orders. Violations of safety requirements and dangerous conditions can be reported anonymously to Public Health by phone at 888-700-9995 or online at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.
Public Health confirmed six new deaths and 996 new cases of COVID-19. The number of cases and deaths reflect the customary reporting delays over the weekend. Of the six new deaths reported today, one person who passed away was over the age of 80, three people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, and two people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64. To date, Public Health identified 1,445,121 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 25,838 deaths.
There are 1,053 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for nearly 8,480,000 individuals with 16% of people testing positive. Monday’s test positivity rate is 1.2%.
“I send my thoughts and prayers to everyone who has lost a friend or loved one to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “I thank our L.A. County businesses that continue to do their part and follow the safety guidelines that prevent COVID-19 spread as we are still experiencing a lot of COVID-19 transmission in L.A. County. We applaud the many businesses and establishments that have implemented vaccination verification requirements in order to protect employees and customers. These are challenging times and the future trajectory of the pandemic is not certain. Nonetheless, we do know that the vaccines save lives and reduce transmission; these are essential prerequisites to moving forward with our recovery.”
L.A. County continues to offer vaccines at many different sites across the county to make it as easy as possible for eligible L.A. County residents to get vaccinated. Many vaccination sites across the county, including all County-run sites, are also offering third doses of vaccine to eligible immunocompromised people.
Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated against COVID-19. To find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.
Submitted by Public Health