Los Angeles is "making good progress" and has seen success over the past three weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in a news conference on Wednesday.
According to Garcetti, there are fewer coronavirus cases, deaths, hospitalizations, a lower positivity rate, and stable and strong hospital bed availability in Los Angeles hospitals.
“We are making progress. We are making good progress, Los Angeles,” Garcetti said. “Our success over the last three weeks is real. It’s tangible and it’s reflected in our numbers.”
The mayor attributed the drop in new infections and deaths to the wearing of face masks, washing hands, maintaining physical distance from others, and staying home, calling these actions “sacrifices to protect one another.”
The rate of transmission for Los Angeles County has dropped to 0.86 from 0.91 last week, Garcetti said.
While the Covid-19 threat level in Los Angeles still remains at “orange” -- the second highest level meaning residents should minimize contact with anyone outside of their households -- Garcetti said the past few weeks have made a difference and there are no plans to move forward with any further closures or restrictions.
Electronic reporting system issues: Garcetti confirmed that a fraction of the case data numbers from a backlog has been received. He also warned that case numbers may increase once the county receives the backlog of data.
Garcetti urged residents to continue wearing masks, washing hands, physical distancing, and staying home.
“These things work and they are working to drive down the curve.”