During a recent press conference, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health explained that there really is no other explanation for this uptick other than the protests because Los Angeles has been under heavy lockdown for months.
"What we haven't really been able to do because we have such a high volume of cases coming in is really pinpoint whether or not the exact source of an exposure was a protest," stated Barbara Ferrer, director of DPH.
"I do want to say that it's highly likely, given the increased numbers that we're seeing, that some of this is, in fact, people who may have been in a crowded situation at one of the protests where there was spread."
All public gatherings of pretty much any size have been prohibited in Los Angeles County for a while now, the only exception being when roving hordes of people began to flood the streets with protests, rioting and looting. Since the county stood down and allowed this destruction to take place, the apparent consequence was more cases of the virus.
"While some of this may be due to lags in reporting, the numbers do tell us that we're seeing an increase in community transmission," Ferrer went on to state.
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As of Monday, Los Angeles County health officials reported 2,571 new cases of the virus, marking the third day within a week that officials recorded more than 2,000 new cases in a single day.
In response, Ferrer is urging Angelinos to stay home whenever possible to avoid exacerbating the reported surge. And anyone who attended a protest, riot, or looting event within the past two weeks is being especially encouraged to avoid spending time around others.
"If you've been out of your home and in crowded spaces, please stay away from anyone in your life who is older or has underlying health conditions as much as possible," she said.
Of the nearly one million people in Los Angeles County who have been tested for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), only eight percent of them showed positive results. A much smaller fraction of these are having to be hospitalized, with rates of hospitalization remaining steady despite this increase in cases.
As of Monday, less than 1,500 Los Angeles County residents have had to be hospitalized for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), while about 400 of these were admitted to intensive care units. Only about 275 of known Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Los Angeles County have been prescribed ventilators.
Other than the protests, the only other source of exposure that Ferrer mentioned were the handful of workplaces that have opened up since the lockdowns began. Because many of these environments bring people "into close contact with each other," there is a chance that this, too, may have contributed to the uptick.
Amazingly, there are more than 560 active investigations currently underway to determine all sources of exposure. Meanwhile, only a few thousand people in Los Angeles County have died after testing positive for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), and the vast majority of these patients were very old and had other underlying health conditions.
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