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Immunization Rates Plunge In LA County, Sweden Backtracks On Its Coronavirus Strategy




People wait in line to receive food donated by SOMOS, in partnership with World Central Kitchen and Maestro Cares Foundation on May 11, 2020 in the Elmhurst neighborhood in the Queens borough in New York City.
People wait in line to receive food donated by SOMOS, in partnership with World Central Kitchen and Maestro Cares Foundation on May 11, 2020 in the Elmhurst neighborhood in the Queens borough in New York City.
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As of Monday afternoon, L.A. County has at least more than 1,570 deaths and 32,263 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to chip away at a plan to slowly reopen the state. Earlier this month, Newsom announced a framework of six parameters he says it will take to reopen the state's economy. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a similar five-pillar plan. Last week, certain retail businesses, golf courses and hiking trails were allowed to reopen with distancing restrictions in place.  

Meanwhile, Sweden is backtracking on its controversial coronavirus strategy after deaths of elderly residents spiraled, Bloomberg News reports. Plus, the childhood immunization rate in L.A. County was down more than 50% in April compared to the same month in 2019, according to the county Department of Public Health. The department sent an advisory to health care providers Friday night urging providers to prioritize immunizations as they start to see more patients in person. The immunization rate is based on preliminary data from the California Department of Public Health. Today on AirTalk, Larry sits down with a noted epidemiologist to discuss the latest with COVID-19. Do you have questions? Please call 866-893-5722. 

With files from LAist. Read the full story from Mariana Dale here.

Guest:

Karin Michels, PhD, epidemiologist; chair and professor of the Department of Epidemiology at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health