Los Angeles County health officials have warned residents to be wary of Mother’s Day with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
“Given that the virus is spreading at a high rate, public health requires everyone gathered to celebrate and honor their moms and grandmas this weekend to protect each other by testing before gathering, as much as possible outside and wearing masks when indoors . “, Reads the message of the Department of Public Health of the District of LA.
The message came amid a rise in Los Angeles County cases. Statistics released on Friday show the county reported more than 3,000 new cases, six deaths and more than 230 hospitalizations – a slight drop from the week before.
According to state data released Sunday, COVID-related hospitalizations were reduced by 10 to 248, and the number of intensive care patients, 33, remained unchanged from the day before.
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The cases are still significantly lower than their peak in mid-January, when LA County had more than 40,000 new cases of COVID per week amid the winter rise of the omicron variant.
“As LA County continues in this different phase of the pandemic, the public health goal has not changed and we will work with partners to reduce serious diseases and deaths from COVID-19,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.
“It is simply not appropriate to tolerate the disproportion that results in higher rates of illness, death and long-term disability among some residents and workers when there are collective prevention strategies that can mitigate the spread of serious diseases.”