Above: Motorists line up at a coronavirus testing site at Dodger Stadium Monday, June 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles will close beaches and ban fireworks displays over the holiday weekend as California officials warned that further restrictions may be necessary to curb a troubling spike in coronavirus cases in much of the state.
Large Fourth of July gatherings are "a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19,” Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health for Los Angeles County, said Monday.
The 10-million-resident county hit a one-day record of 2,903 confirmed cases and more than 100,000 overall.
Ferrer warned Los Angeles could soon be on a “runaway train.” She said the county’s infection rate among those tested has reached 9%. The state’s rate is about 5.5%.
Nearly three-quarters of California’s 40 million residents live in counties experiencing concerning coronavirus trends, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. He vowed to step up enforcement of health orders and, if things don’t improve, reverse reopening.
Newsom’s comments came a day after he ordered bars to close in Los Angeles and six other counties and suggested eight other counties do the same on their own. By Monday afternoon, three of the state’s largest — San Diego, Riverside and Sacramento — said they would voluntarily close bars. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Contra Costa County delayed its planned Wednesday reopening of bars and indoor restaurant dining.
San Diego, California’s second-most populous county, acted even though it is not on a state watch list for counties with the most concerning COVID-19 trends.“We don’t want to wait to be forced to take an action when we know that it is the wise and responsible […]