This won't be the most exciting news for LA County residents who were expecting things to be back to normal by the end of the month. The “Safer at Home” order was first issued by the county on March 19 and was originally effective through April 19.
On Friday Los Angeles County extended its stay-at-home order an additional month through at least May 15th in a continuing effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, said that officials are extending the order because it is helping in the fight against COVID-19, but “we still have a ways to go”:
“Because everyone here is doing their part, because people are heeding the directives … what we can confirm is in fact the flattening of the curve in a way that’s actually saving lives and allowing us to have a chance at making sure that our healthcare system remains able to serve all who need care,” Ferrer said.
“I know that many of you were hoping we would get to the end of April and we’d be able to lift many of these restrictions,” Ferrer said. “I am as sad as you are to note that this is not the time to lift.”
According to projections by the county, if the stay-at-home order was lifted too quickly and people resumed daily life, 95.6% of residents in the county would be infected with coronavirus, said Christina Ghaly, the county’s health services director.