With coronavirus deaths surpassing 2,700 yesterday nationwide, and some hospitals overflowing, states and cities are taking matters into their own hands and instituting mitigation measures—one in a big way. "It's time to cancel everything," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti yesterday. "The data is nothing short of alarming in the last month alone. Since early November, our daily infections have tripled, our hospitalizations have more than tripled and are at a new peak and our deaths have nearly doubled and they continue to rise. These numbers don't reflect last week's record-breaking numbers. They don't reflect yet the Thanksgiving effect of time spent together with families. When many people were gathering and traveling in defiance of public health warnings and here in our Golden State, unfortunately."
He mentioned the healthcare crisis to come. "If cases continue on this pathway, if they continue to increase the pace that we've seen, the County expects that we will run out of hospital beds here in Los Angeles by Christmas time. The public health condition of our city is as dire as it was in March in the earliest days of this pandemic." Read on to learn more about the stay-at-home order, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The Mayor Called the Stay-at-Home Order a Choice Between Life and Death
The new order isn't that different from the old order. "The city of Los Angeles issued a modified stay-at-home order Wednesday night that mirrors L.A. County rules that went into effect Monday," reports the Los Angeles Times. "The city order prohibits gatherings of people outside immediate households, with some exceptions such as religious services and protests. While the order tells people to stay home, it also allows retail businesses to remain open 'after implementing the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Protocols for Retail Establishments Opening for In-person Shopping.'"
"California has one of the fewest numbers of hospital beds per capita, compared to other States," said the Mayor. "The choices between us are stark—between health and sickness, between care and apathy and, yes, between life and death. For too many of the people that we love. My message couldn't be simpler," he said. "It's time to hunker down. It's time to cancel everything. And if it isn't essential, don't do it. Don't meet up with others outside your household. Don't host a gathering, don't attend a gathering and following our targeted safer at home order. If you're able to stay home, stay home, just be smart and stay apart."
Los Angeles is at a "Tipping Point"
Here is some of the Los Angeles Order:
The Coronavirus is widespread in our community, and the latest data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health shows more Angelenos are infected with COVID-19 than ever before. Our City is now close to a devastating tipping point, beyond which the number of hospitalized patients would start to overwhelm our hospital system, in turn risking needless suffering and death. These unfortunate facts about the spread of COVID-19 in our City mean that we must resume some of the more restrictive measures we instituted in the Spring. The way to avoid that dreaded scenario is clear.
We must refrain from gathering with people from outside our household wherever possible. Angelenos have shown what is possible when we cooperate, listen, and protect our family, friends, neighbors, and favorite businesses. This most recent surge in COVID-19 cases presents us with an opportunity to work together, again, to reduce its spread and flatten the curve. We must minimize contact with others as much as possible.
Even if you believe that the virus does not present a particular threat to you, consider the impact that your choices have on others. Because COVID-19 can be transmitted by someone who is unaware that she is carrying it, one person could be unknowingly infecting many people if she is not careful. The better we are now at staying apart, the sooner we will be able to come back together. Under the provisions of Section 231(i) of the Los Angeles City Charter and Chapter 3, Section 8.27 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code, I hereby declare that the Safer L.A. Order, dated June 1, 2020 (subsequently revised), is temporarily withdrawn and superseded by this Order, which is necessary for the protection of life and property in the City of Los Angeles and is effective immediately:
I. Subject only to the exceptions outlined in this Order, all persons living within the City of Los Angeles are hereby ordered to remain in their homes. Residents of the City of Los Angeles who are experiencing homelessness are exempt from this requirement. The City is working, along with partner government agencies and non-governmental organizations, to make more emergency shelters available for the unhoused residents of our City. City of Los Angeles officials and contracted partners responsible for homelessness outreach shall make every reasonable effort to persuade such residents to accept, if offered, temporary housing or shelter, as the Health Officer of the County of Los Angeles recommends that sheltering individuals will assist in reducing the spread of the virus and will protect the individual from potential exposure by allowing the individual access to sanitation tools. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care.
II. Subject only to the exceptions outlined in this Paragraph and Paragraph V below, all businesses within the City of Los Angeles are ordered to cease operations that require in-person attendance by workers at a workplace. To the extent that business operations may be maintained by telecommuting or other remote means, while allowing all individuals to maintain shelter in their residences, this Order shall not apply to limit such business activities.
III. All public and private gatherings of any number of people from more than one household are prohibited, except for outdoor faith-based services described in Paragraph 5 and participating in an in-person outdoor protest while wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing, and observing the Los Angeles County Protocol for Public Demonstrations. This provision does not apply to gatherings of people who live within a single household or living unit. For purposes of this Order, and in relationship to private gatherings, a "household" shall not include institutional group living situations such as dormitories, fraternities, sororities, monasteries, convents, or residential care facilities, nor does it include such commercial group living arrangements as boarding houses, hotels, or motels. Private gatherings are defined as social situations that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space or place.
IV. All travel, including, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit is prohibited, subject to the exceptions in Paragraph
V. Exceptions. People may lawfully leave their residences while this Order is in effect only to engage in the following activities. All businesses operating under any of the following exemptions must comply with all applicable protocols set forth by the State of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. A. Essential Activities Exempt. Certain business operations and activities are exempt from the provisions of this Order, on the grounds that they provide services that are recognized to be critical to the health and well-being of the City. Persons engaging in any of these essential activities are required to maintain reasonable social distancing practices and wear facial coverings. This includes maintaining a distance of at least six-feet away from others, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, not shaking hands and wearing a cloth face covering whenever there is or can be contact with others who are non-household members in both public and private places. Children (under the age of 2); those at risk of suffocation and people with certain disabilities are not required to wear a face covering. Notwithstanding the above exceptions, all individuals over the age of 16 traveling into the City of Los Angeles from another state or country must complete and submit online a traveler form upon arrival, acknowledging that they have read and understood the State of California's travel advisory. Failure to submit the form is punishable by a fine of up to $500. The travel form and travel advisory are available at https://travel.lacity.org/.
For the full order, go here.
How to Survive the Pandemic No Matter Where You Live
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