Los Angeles County health officials warned residents to be careful on Mother’s Day with COVID-19 cases on the rise once again.
“As the virus is spreading at a high rate, public health asks all who gather to celebrate and honor their mothers and grandmothers this weekend so they stay safe by getting tested before gathering, staying outdoors as much as possible and wearing masks when indoors.” ”, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a message.
The message came amid a spike in cases in Los Angeles County. Statistics released Friday showed the county was reporting more than 3,000 new cases, six deaths and more than 230 hospitalizations, which was a slight drop from the previous week.
According to state data released Sunday, COVID-related hospitalizations decreased by 10 people to 248, with the number of patients in intensive care, 33, unchanged from the day before.
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Cases remain significantly lower than their peak in mid-January, when Los Angeles County was experiencing more than 40,000 new COVID cases per week amid winter’s surge in omicron variant.
“As Los Angeles County continues through this different phase of the pandemic, Public Health’s goal has not changed and we will work with partners to reduce serious illness and deaths from COVID-19,” said Public Health Director , Barbara Ferrer, in a statement.
“It is simply not appropriate to tolerate the disproportionality 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 and serious illness.”