La County Department of Public Health press release, October 20, 2020: Public Health Urges Businesses to Comply with Health Officer Order Protocols
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 39 new deaths and 713 new cases of COVID-19. The low number of new cases reported today reflects technical issues with data reporting systems. To date, Public Health identified 290,009 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 6,912 deaths.
Testing results are available for more than 2,913,000 individuals with 9% of all people testing positive. There are 730 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 30% of these people in the ICU.
This past weekend, Public Health inspectors visited a total of 437 businesses, including restaurants, markets, hair salons and barbershops, hotels and gyms. Inspectors noted that almost half of businesses had not posted their completed protocols for reopening and gyms need to improve on ensuring their employees and patrons are wearing a face covering. Overall, the compliance inspections revealed the majority of businesses were in compliance with most of the Public Health protocols. Because COVID-19 is still spreading throughout L.A. County, businesses have a duty to protect employees, customers and residents from transmission of COVID-19 as much as possible and implement all requirements in the business protocols that prevent COVID-19 transmission.
Public Health encourages L.A. County businesses to take advantage of the COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certification Program. The COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certification Program offers business owners and employees the opportunity to participate in a free training program about COVID-19 infection control protocols and allows businesses to self-certify that they are fully implementing the protocols in compliance with infection control and physical distancing requirements. To date, 3,176 employers and 2,888 employees have completed the training.
To sign up or learn more about COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certification Program, visit the LADPH website.