LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, and Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement in an effort to urge residents to stay home and save lives this holiday season:
“Collective action is needed now to stop the dangerous assault COVID-19 is inflicting in our communities. This past week, the County of Los Angeles reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. In the First District of Los Angeles County, there have been over 154,723 positive cases of COVID-19 total – the most out of all five supervisorial districts.
COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in communities such as East LA, South Gate, South El Monte, and many others. Even communities that had previously experienced fewer COVID-19 cases are now being overwhelmed by the pain and suffering caused by this health crisis.
As we near Christmas, I urge everyone to cancel their holiday plans to gather with members outside of one’s households. This will save many lives. I recognize that the holidays will look different and it is frustrating, but modifying plans is critical for this pandemic not to extend more than it already has. Staying home with only your household will ensure more people can ring in the New Year from their homes and not a hospital bed.
ICU adjusted capacity for the Southern California region remains at 0%. This reality impacts not just those with COVID-19, but those needing other urgent hospital care. If we continue our current trajectory, we will run out of hospital beds and staffing, and we will not be able to care for people who need intensive care. We cannot let this happen.
Although we are more physically distanced now than in years past, we need to come together as Angelinos to guard the health of our neighbors. Although the vaccine offers much hope, it will not save us from the current COVID-19 surge. Just as these healthcare workers are committing to our communities by getting vaccinated, we must commit to them and do what is in our control to stop this virus – that means staying home.
It is critical to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe until widespread access to the vaccine becomes available. Please stay home as much as possible, wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and avoid gatherings.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but we must first get through the darkness together. This is our moment – one in which our actions will dictate what is to come.”
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CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov