As of Wednesday afternoon, L.A. County had at least 2,151 deaths and more than 47,900 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The U.S. has now had more than 100,000 deaths.
The U.S. is among many countries experiencing large-scale epidemics, although the toll here has now led the world for weeks. 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. But last 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, but health officials have advised that some form of our safer at home orders will extend into the summer. Hair salons and barbershops have been given the go ahead to reopen in certain parts of the state. According to the L.A. Times, Newsom says guidance on reopening fitness centers can be expected in about a week. Meanwhile, some health officials warn the state may be reopening too quickly.
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Dean Blumberg, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital