Covid-19 hospitalization rates in Los Angeles County are the lowest since April, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in a press conference Friday.
A total of 420 coronavirus patients are in intensive care units throughout the county -- a “substantial decrease since last month,” Garcetti said.
Los Angeles County is working to reduce the number of cases to 100 for every 100,000 residents for 14 consecutive days to get off the state’s watch list, Garcetti said.
The county currently has about 250 to 300 cases per 100,000 residents.
Elementary schools can apply for waivers for in-person learning if cases fall below 200 for every 100,000 residents, the mayor added.
“Let’s keep those numbers in mind. Let’s push towards those goals for our children, for our economy, for our wellbeing, and for our health,” Garcetti said.
Despite the decrease in hospitalizations, the Covid-19 threat level in Los Angeles remains at orange because the rate of transmission is 0.92, Garcetti said. This means there is still a high risk of transmission and residents are urged to minimize contact.