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COVID-19 AMA: LA County Aims For July 4 Reopening, Latest Numbers And More




People wear face masks walking along Venice Beach on the day Los Angeles County reopened its beaches, which had been closed due the coronavirus pandemic, on May 13, 2020 in Venice, California.
People wear face masks walking along Venice Beach on the day Los Angeles County reopened its beaches, which had been closed due the coronavirus pandemic, on May 13, 2020 in Venice, California.
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Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger says she wants to target the Fourth of July for a full or staged reopening of retail, restaurants, and malls in the county.

Barger gave that directive to the Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force outlining a plan to get businesses open again under public health guidelines.

In a statement, she said the county's task force agreed prolonged business closures could cause permanent job and wage losses, and prevent many smaller businesses from reopening.

The county has had a "stay at home" order in place for nearly two months to slow the spread of coronavirus. The L.A. Economic Development Corporation says 75% of the jobs lost during that time are workers earning $50,000 a year or less — mostly in restaurants or retail.

Barbara Ferrer, the county's director of public health, cautioned that while officials are aiming for July 4, it's not a sure thing.

L.A. County has yet to meet a crucial state benchmark to move faster into the second stage of reopening. Counties recording an 8% positive rate for people taking COVID-19 tests for more than a week can move faster in the recovery process. Los Angeles County recently moved its positivity rate to 9%.

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