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Half Of LA Restaurants Inspected Since Reopening Are Not In Compliance

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Los Angeles County health officials today confirmed an additional 19 deaths and over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases.

The county's total number of cases now stands at over 73,000, with more than 2,900 deaths to date.

The latest numbers come as COVID-19 cases continue to climb statewide, with California reaching over 5,000 deaths over the weekend.

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As more businesses are allowed to reopen in L.A. County, health inspectors fanned out to check 2,000 restaurants that have resumed dine-in service — and found that half of them were not in compliance with the new guidelines for them to safely reopen.

County public health director Barbara Ferrer says the health order for restaurants includes strict measures to ensure physical distancing between customers:

"There should be no places where tables are right next to each other. They either need a 6-foot barrier, or a physical barrier — those are requirements in the protocols."

Ferrer also urged residents to report any potentially unsafe conditions to the health department.

Inspectors will be revisiting restaurants that violated the order this week — though when restaurants were given the green light to reopen two weeks ago, they were not required to pass any sort of inspection beforehand.

THE LATEST NUMBERS

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Here are some of the latest numbers Ferrer shared from L.A. County:

  • 19 more people have died — 14 were older than 65, 10 of those had underlying health conditions. One person was between 18 and 40 and did not have underlying health conditions
  • 1,071 new cases
  • 73,791 total cases
  • 2,926 total have died so far in L.A. County
  • 1,285 people are currently hospitalized — 31% in the ICU and 24% on ventilators.
  • 6,561 confirmed cases among health care workers and first responders, an increase of more than 530 over last week (the vast majority from skilled nursing facilities)
  • 44 health care workers have died — 32 of them work in skilled nursing or assisted living facilities
  • 329 pregnant women have tested positive, and 74% were symptomatic.
  • 72 live births and 5 non-live births among those who tested positive — among 48 infants who were tested at birth, all tested negative

Health officials still don't know conclusively if the virus can be transmitted via breast milk, but the latest data suggests it's not likely, Ferrer said. She added that the decision on how to start and continue breastfeeding should be made in coordination with a health care provider.
Here are some of the latest numbers on cases in institutional settings:

  • 16,554 total institutional cases, including 10,700 residents and 5,854 employees — and 616 people, primarily in skilled nursing facilities, have died, representing nearly half of all coronavirus deaths in L.A. County
  • 1,541 people living in institutional settings have died — 89% of them resided in skilled nursing facilities
  • 506 confirmed cases among the homeless; 215 of those cases were among the sheltered and had been isolated (their close contacts have been quarantined). Deaths among the homeless is now at 16.
  • 1,041 confirmed cases in jails, including 773 incarcerated and 268 staff
  • 178 cases in state prison — 128 among the incarcerated and 50 staff
  • 759 cases in federal prisons — 744 among incarcerated and 15 staff
  • 32 cases in juvenile facilities — 15 among youth and 17 staff

OVERALL OUTLOOK IN LA COUNTY

Here's a look at longer-term trends in the county. To see more, visit our California COVID-19 Tracker and choose L.A. County or any other California county that interests you. These numbers are current as of Sunday, June 14:

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