Los Angeles County health officials are warning of steep increases in Covid-19 case counts and hospitalizations, and are making plans for even tighter restrictions should the area fail at once again reining in the virus.
“We are at a dangerous place with respect to our overall cases and hospitalizations,” said Health Services Director Christina Ghaly.
Hospitalizations are projected to exceed capacity “without a rapid change in behavior," she said.
By the numbers: The seven-day case average has doubled in Los Angeles since the beginning of November, according to county supervisor Kathryn Barger, and hospitalizations are following closely behind. The county added 3,944 new cases Wednesday for a total of 348,336.
To mitigate the spread, the county’s public health order has been strengthened, requiring all nonessential businesses to shut down between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. local time beginning Friday.
“This is not a curfew or a lockdown, but a precautionary measure,” Barger said.