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COVID-19: More Than 25,000 Cases In LA County, Beach Closures Draw Protests




An unidentified boy wears a face scarf as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus while gathers in a demonstration on May 01, 2020 in Huntington Beach, California.
An unidentified boy wears a face scarf as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus while gathers in a demonstration on May 01, 2020 in Huntington Beach, California.
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As of Sunday afternoon, L.A. County has at least 1,229 deaths and 25,677 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

L.A. County public health officials are now providing a demographic breakdown of the deaths so far. According to U.S. Census data, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders make up less than half a percent of L.A. County residents. But the population's rates of confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 are "extremely high," L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said at Wednesday's media briefing. As new cases continue to be confirmed, Californians are continuing to be under "safer at home" and "social distancing" orders. State and county officials have ordered the vast majority of Californians to strictly limit interactions with other people, wash hands frequently, and stay 6 feet away from others. Both LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Gavin Newsom have released parameters for a slow reopening. Last week, Newsom announced Orange County beaches to close after people flocked to the areas the previous weekend. This drew protestors. Plus, according to the L.A. Times, some restaurants and businesses in OC have defied the closure orders and have reopened. Today on AirTalk, we speak with an infectious disease specialist about the latest with COVID-19. Do you have questions? Call us at 866-893-5722. 

With files from LAist. Read the full story here.

Guest:

Kimberly Shriner, M.D., infectious disease specialist at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena