COVID hitting schools and their staffs hard, LA County says

Again noting sharp rises in infections among school students and staff and an uptick in COVID-19 outbreaks at skilled nursing facilities, the county’s public health director on Thursday, June 9 continued to express confidence that with proper precautions, Southland residents can safely enjoy the summer months ahead.

“As we’re beginning our summer with a lot of uncertainty regarding the trajectory of the pandemic … I do remain hopeful, because we all have more knowledge, more experience and more tools than ever before that we can use to protect ourselves and those that are most vulnerable,” Barbara Ferrer said during an online briefing. “By layering in these common-sense safety measures that address the very real risk during times of high transmission, we can feel comfortable doing many of our customary summer activities.”

Ferrer again noted a continuing rise in the pace of COVID-positive patients being admitted to hospitals, but indicated the rate had slowed slightly. Last week, she estimated the county was on pace to reach the federal government’s “high” virus activity level by the end of the month based on rising admission rates. But this week, the estimate was pushed back to early July, with Ferrer noting a slight decline in the pace of admissions over the past two weeks. Click here to read more: