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LA County Updates: 3 Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites, 46 New Cases

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Los Angeles County public health officials and political leaders gave their daily update on the response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Here are some of the announcements made today:

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  • L.A. County has been piloting drive-thru specimen collection at three different sites.

The sites are open to individuals who "have a provider directive to get tested," said L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. She said the goal is to make it easer for those people to find a place in their community where they can have a specimen collected without having to get out of their car.
Specimens are being analyzed at county, commercial and CDC labs and generally require a couple days turnaround before results come back. Ferrer says the pilot seems to be working and that the drive-thru process should help increase the county's capacity.

  • 46 new cases have been confirmed in L.A. County, bringing the total to 190. That includes the city of Long Beach and makes 96 new cases in the last 48 hours.

  • We're likely going to see an increase in cases for the next one to three months, but that doesn't mean social distancing isn't working.
  • The health officer's orders to close bars, wineries and nightclubs and limit restaurants to delivery and take-out only are legally binding. Health inspectors are out checking and will cite violators.

This story will be updated.