Channel 1 Los Angeles
Between October 16 and October 22, Public Health inspectors visited 1,008 restaurants, 78 bars, 226 food markets, 26 breweries, wineries or distilleries, 10 nightclubs, 21 lounges, 21 hotels, 35 gyms and fitness centers, 10 hair salons or barber shops, 52 food manufacturing plants, 33 garment manufacturing plants, 22 personal care businesses, 11 office sites, and 5 large outdoor and indoor venues.
Overall, the inspections revealed that while the majority of businesses were in compliance, there is room for improvement with employee masking at garment manufacturers, office sites, bars, nightclubs and lounges, and customer vaccination verifications at bars. Inspectors noted 73% of garment manufacturers, 73% of office sites, 82% of bars, 80% of nightclubs and 86% of lounges were in compliance with employee masking. Eighty-five percent of bars were in compliance with customer vaccination verifications. Public Health utilizes education as the primary step in gaining compliance, and when compliance is not achieved, enforcement may include issuance of a notice of violation or a citation. Between October 16 and October 22, two citations were issued to schools for noncompliance with Health Officer Orders.
Violations of safety requirements and dangerous conditions can be reported anonymously to Public Health by phone at 888-700-9995 or online at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov .
Today, Public Health confirms 5 new deaths and 679 new cases of COVID-19. The number of cases and deaths reflect reporting delays over the weekend. Of the five new deaths reported today, three people who passed away were over the age of 80, and two people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64. To date, Public Health has identified 1,485,769 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 26,552 deaths.
There are 610 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for nearly 9,000,000 individuals with 15% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 0.8%.
“To the people across our community mourning the passing of a loved one, we wish you healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “I am grateful that the vast majority of businesses continue to follow the sensible protections in the State and County Health Officer Orders that help ensure our collective well-being and economic recovery. Thanks as well to the tens of thousands of patrons who are doing their part – getting vaccinated and wearing masks as required. Reducing transmission depends on high compliance with existing safety measures.”