Los Angeles Bars Ordered to Close Again Due to Rising Coronavirus Cases

Los Angeles Bars Ordered to Close Again Due to Rising Coronavirus Cases

Gavin Newsom has ordered the closure of Los Angeles County bars citing the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Santa Barbara County, who has been on the monitoring list for 13 days, might be mandated to issue a health officer order to close bars given the rising case count locally.

Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of bars in seven counties and recommended the closure in eight others including Santa Barbara and Ventura.

The order from Newsom, a Democrat, affected the counties of Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, San Joaquin, Tulare, and Los Angeles - the most populous in the United States.

Louder environments and the cacophony of conversation that are typical in bar settings, also require raised voices and greater projection of oral emitted viral droplets.

Public health officials in California and throughout the United States have identified bars as the riskiest non-essential businesses now open. "That's why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases", Newsom said in a written statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times. "Closing bars in these counties is one of a number of targeted actions counties are implementing across our state to slow the virus' spread and reduce risk".

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On Saturday, the state reported a rise of almost 6,000 confirmed virus cases from the day before.

"This is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control", Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on CNN on Sunday.

"I noted a positivity rate over a 14-day period in the state of California at 5.3 percent".

The announcement on from the California Department of Public Health says, "Whereas other industries and establishments were permitted to open with modifications in Stage 2, bars are in Stage 3 because they pose the highest risk of all sectors allowed to open so far". While younger adults without co-morbidities tend to have less severe symptoms and overall disease outcomes, increased cases, even in this cohort, will lead to increased hospitalizations and deaths.

The governor's decision Sunday represented a marked turn from recent decisions to let local officials decide how and when to let businesses re-open. The county is now recording 28 deaths and 53 daily hospitalizations.

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