Eric Garcetti is sounding the alarm on the city’s worst coronavirus spike since the pandemic’s first wave hit earlier this year.
‘My message couldn’t be simpler. It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything.
That’s Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sounding the alarm and urging cooperation from residents as the city continues to break troubling coronavirus records.
“If it isn’t essential, don’t do it. Don’t meet up with others outside your household. Don’t host a gathering. Don’t attend a gathering,” the mayor said Wednesday night. “And following our targeted Safer at Home order, if you’re able to stay home, stay home.”
Garcetti warned that Los Angeles County could run out of hospital beds to treat the growing number of patients by Christmas at the current rate of infection. “Our city is now close to a devastating tipping point, beyond which the number of hospitalized patients would start to overwhelm our hospital system, in turn risking needless suffering and death,” he said.
Here are his comments:
The new year brings hope –– for vaccines and for stopping this pandemic.
But here's the truth: we're in for a long, hard winter.
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As the worst hits us, stay home as much as you can. Cancel any non-essential activities.
Hunker down, L.A. We'll get through this together. pic.twitter.com/6TkVsTfPzP
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) December 3, 2020
Under the rules, gatherings are prohibited with the exception of outdoor religious services and protests with social distancing and masks.
Garcetti’s order comes after Los Angeles County reported a total of 2,439 people hospitalized due to infection on Wednesday, more than on any other day during the pandemic.
Here’s a recent look at the totals:
COVID-19 Daily Update:
December 2, 2020
New Cases: 5,987 (414,185 to date)
New Deaths: 40 (7,740 to date)
Current Hospitalizations: 2,439 pic.twitter.com/wQBT0j5pFm
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) December 3, 2020