Los Angeles County’s “Safer-at-Home” policy will “with all certainty” be extended for another three months, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 12. “There’s no way [to open things any earlier] unless there’s a dramatic change in this virus and the tools that we have on hand to actually fight against this virus,” Ferrer said.
With the death toll still high and the number of infections rising, it’s not unexpected that the order, which was set to end on May 15, 2020, will be extended to August.
Ferrer has affirmed that testing was a key component to getting back to normal, saying on Tuesday May 12 that the plan was to allow every single person in the county to test themselves every single day.
That would be a completely new standard from the county’s current testing goal of 15,000 people per day.
“I hope that we’re able to use the data to lift restrictions slowly over the next three months,” Ferrer said.
Under a plan announced by Governor Newsom, counties would need to have zero deaths in two weeks and just one new case per 10,000 people, a bar that no Southern California county is in any hope of being able to meet anytime soon.
It will require a huge advance in both testing technology and actual treatment for COVID 19 to be able to lift restrictions entirely.