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COVID-19: LA County Surpasses 2,000 Deaths, Precautions Ahead Of Memorial Day Weekend

 People sit in social distancing circles at Dolores Park on May 20, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
People sit in social distancing circles at Dolores Park on May 20, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
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As of Thursday afternoon, L.A. County had at least 2,016 deaths and 42,037 confirmed cases of coronavirus.The U.S. is among many countries experiencing large-scale epidemics, although the toll here has now led the world for weeks. The numbers are changing rapidly and experts have warned that confirmed cases are far under the actual total of infected individuals.

In April, 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. L.A. County public health officials have begun to ease some restrictions and allowed some types of businesses deemed lower risk to reopen — but only for doorside, curbside or other outside pickup. AAA is expecting record low travel this holiday weekend, and public health officials still urge caution as people do take to the road or outdoors.

Today on AirTalk, we get the latest updates on the coronavirus and discuss what people should be considering to stay safe over the weekend. Do you have questions for our physician? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

With files from LAist. Read the full story here


Robert Kim-Farley, M.D., professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; he served as the director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health from 2004-2018 and is a former senior official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization