The lower rate of increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles suggests “the curve really is beginning to flatten,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news conference on Monday.
- Both the city and county saw an increase in cases of about 5% since Sunday.
- Last Monday, the county reported a 12% increase of cases.
Garcetti noted that it’s important to look at how many tests come in positive versus negative.
About 8% of all tests from the city and county’s testing sites come back positive and about 15% overall, including tests from providers and hospitals, he said.
Los Angeles County reported at least 20,417 new cases and 942 deaths today.
Lifting restrictions a gradual process: The stay-at-home order in Los Angeles County runs through May 15, but not every restriction will be lifted on that day, Garcetti said.
Expanded testing: Starting Tuesday, Los Angeles County will expand its coronavirus testing to include delivery drivers, rideshare drivers, and taxi drivers even if they’re asymptomatic. Members of the media are also eligible to get tested.