LA Health Official: ‘Every Single’ Person And Business Needs To Help Curb Virus Surge

A woman bring her mask walks past an indication mandating the wearing of face coverings in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus as she walks in Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Calif., on July 25, 2020.

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A female bring her mask walks past an indication mandating the using of face coverings in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus as she walks in Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Calif., on July 25, 2020.

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Back in March, California was amongst the preliminary of states to release a stay-at-home order. It was held up as an example of the power of early action.

That works out to be 1,159 infections per 100,000 individuals. Over 8,500 people in California have passed away.

Now, as July ends, California has the most coronavirus cases of any state: 458,121.

The state started easing restrictions at the end of May, however then, county-by-county, Gov. Gavin Newsom and regional officials reversed course, shutting back down earlier this month.

Populated Los Angeles County has become a state and national hotspot.

So, what took place?

At one garment factory alone, she states, 300 individuals evaluated positive. 4 people died.

Here are excerpts of the Morning Edition conversation.

She says the company is clear in the instructions, “however producers have to secure their workers. Its unconscionable, its not moral, to have employees exposed because theyre doing vital work.”

” I believe the garment factory was a really good example of individuals not following our directives: … We found cardboard partitions with holes in them so that the piecework might get passed quickly from one station to the other,” Ferrer states. “Thats not the intent of having a physical barrier. And cardboard does not work as efficiently as impermeable heavy plastic barriers.”

When you think of garment tasks, or meatpacking tasks, these are difficult tasks. Theyre frequently done by immigrants. Weve reported Black and Latinx communities have actually been specifically hard hit by the pandemic. What are you seeing in LA?

If you look at whos hardest struck in LA County, and I do not believe were distinct, youre gon na discover our Latinx population is the hardest hit, followed closely by … African Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders. And then individuals go back to their homes, with multi-generational household members living together. If we ask individuals to separate and quarantine, they require assistance.

What effect will schools not opening fully have on working people?

Its blended. … I believe some working people actually are anxious about their children going back to school. Here in LA County, we clearly are seeing our highest varieties of cases over the last couple of weeks than weve ever seen. And I think theres genuine concern amongst the staff and the instructors that would require to go back. But we do need to have services for childcare. And we need to make sure that those child care or extended-day programs for school-aged kids are run successfully and supply all of the safety precautions.

Do you presume that there will be remote knowing for the fall semester?

I believe its up to all of us. Were in great business– I believe 34 other counties here also have not satisfied that limit.

Listen to the full interview at the audio link above.

Its going to need every single individual and every single company to get back into the game, to feel comfortable that they understand what they need to do to slow the spread.

At one garment factory alone, she says, 300 people checked positive.” I believe the garment factory was an actually excellent example of people not following our regulations: … We discovered cardboard partitions with holes in them so that the piecework could get passed quickly from one station to the other,” Ferrer states. And then individuals go back to their homes, with multi-generational household members living together. If we ask individuals to isolate and quarantine, they need support. … I believe some working individuals actually are concerned about their children going back to school.

Taylor Haney and Steve Mullis produced and modified the radio story. Emily Alfin Johnson adapted it for the web.