LA County Could Qualify For Red Tier By Friday –

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Angelenos may soon be able to eat inside or see a movie at the theater.

People are vaccinated against COVID-19 at an impromptu facility in a public housing project for vulnerable populations in Los Angeles, California, on 10. March 2021. The event was organized by MLK Community Healthcare and the Boys and Girls Clubs. (Getty Images)

After spending more than six months in the state’s purple category, and thus the most restrictive, Los Angeles County could move into the red zone as early as Friday.

California Governor Gavin Newsom confirmed Wednesday that Los Angeles County could be in the red Friday if the state meets its goal of giving away two million COVID-19 vaccines to low-income and hard-hit communities throughout California.

Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for Los Angeles County, said that 48 hours after the state announced that the vaccination threshold has been met, the county will officially go into the red. If the goal is met Friday, the district could move forward as early as Sunday.

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According to the plan announced last week, once the state reaches the threshold of two million low-income communities, the state’s Secure Economy Plan, which governs business renewal, will be amended, making it easier for counties to move through the four-tier matrix.

Once this threshold is reached, districts will be eligible to move out of the most restrictive purple category of the Action Plan when their average rate of new daily COVID-19 infections reaches 10 per 100,000 population, which is lower than the current standard of 7 per 100,000 population.

As of Wednesday, the state had administered 1,926,968 doses in hard-hit communities.

Los Angeles will benefit greatly from the new benchmark, which will likely be reached Friday, Newsom said Wednesday during a speech in South Gate. You will see more activity and relaxation over the weekend and into the next week.

The red level allows counties to reopen restaurants in buildings at 25% capacity, fitness centers at 10% capacity and cinemas and museums at 25% capacity, and to increase the capacity of stores and malls.

In addition, theme parks such as Disneyland in Orange County and Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles County are allowed to reopen with a 15 percent occupancy rate, admitting only domestic visitors.

Once Los Angeles County is in the red, officials from the Los Angeles County Health Department will decide whether to ease the restrictions. A decision is expected Thursday on whether Los Angeles County health officials will allow all stores to reopen once they are in the red.

Currently, there are 5.2 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people per day in Los Angeles County.

Orange County could also be in the red. The rate is 6 per 100,000.

In response to a question Wednesday about allowing food to be served in restaurants, Ferrer said negotiations are underway with the administration and the restaurant industry.

We look at what’s happening across the state, we look at what we’ve learned about what can create maximum safety when people are inside, she said.

Tuesday, two members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors – Janice Hahn and Catherine Barger – announced that they support full compliance with state guidelines, including those for dinners and indoor food.

As of last Friday, 2,415,460 doses of COVID vaccine have been administered in Los Angeles County. This figure includes 814,593 second doses, which represents the number of people who have been fully vaccinated.

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