Public Health Officials Require All Travelers to Quarantine Upon Return to Los Angeles

 


The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 73 new deaths and 13,661 new cases of COVID-19.  Public Health estimates there are an additional 432 deaths that reflect the delayed reporting associated with the Spectrum outage and the holiday that are in the final stages of confirming.


L.A. County consistently exceeds 13,000 cases a day with some days exceeding 15,000 cases.  When the current surge began 58 days ago, the average number of cases on November 1 was about 1,200 cases a day.  On average, 9 to 10 people in L.A. County test positive for COVID-19 every minute or, 540 to 600 people test positive every hour. Based on recent trends, a high number of COVID-19 cases will result in increased hospitalizations and, ultimately and tragically, to increases in deaths.


There are 6,914 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 20% of these people are in the ICU. Since November 9, average daily hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 increased more than 670%. These are the highest daily hospitalizations we’ve ever seen.


Average daily deaths have increased by 600%, from 12 average deaths per day in early-November to 84 average deaths per day in mid-December.


Testing results are available for nearly 4,630,000 individuals with 15% of people testing positive. The County's daily test positivity rate has increased significantly and today is 19.2%.  The test positivity rate was 3.9% on November 1. The current positivity rate confirms that COVID-19 is widespread across the county and a very large number of people are capable of transmitting the virus to others.  Many infected people are likely to not show symptoms while very capable of infecting others.


For those who traveled outside of L.A. County and recently returned, you may have had an exposure to COVID-19. The virus can take up to 14 days to incubate, and for many people the virus causes no illness or symptoms.  If you go back to work, go shopping or go to any gatherings at any point over the next 10 days, you could easily pass on the virus to others. All it takes is one unfortunate encounter with an individual with COVID-19 for you to become infected, and sadly, for you to go on and infect others. 


Because of the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 while traveling outside of L.A County, for everyone that traveled or are planning to travel back into L.A. County, you must quarantine for 10 days. If you start to experience any symptoms or have a positive test, isolate for 10 days and until you are fever-free for 24 hours.  


The best way to safely quarantine is to not leave your home or allow any visitors to your home, and to find others who can help you buy groceries and other essential necessities.  If you need help during your self-quarantine, such as finding assistance to help get groceries, there are resources available by calling 211.


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