LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement in response to Governor Newsom today announcing a Regional Stay at Home Order that will be triggered if Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity drops below 15 percent in a given region:
“I commend Governor Newsom for taking this difficult but necessary measure so we can bend the curve of COVID-19 once again, and perhaps for the last time. The transmission of COVID-19 is not limited to the borders of our county, and is killing people across the state and country at a terrible pace. Although we are more physically distanced now than in years past, we can come together as Californians to guard the health of our neighbors. Truthfully, we are all saddened by the need for such measures, and the terrible cost we have already paid to COVID-19, but I am hopeful these measures will help us avoid what could be an even darker winter. Our healthcare workers are exhausted – we must hunker down for them and for each other. As the incoming Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, I look forward to working with Governor Newsom on ensuring we continue to protect the health of our residents and pursue much needed relief for our workers and small businesses. Already, Los Angeles County has allocated $170 million in CARES Act funding to small businesses, including dining establishments, and more financial relief will come.
There may soon be an end to this pandemic with the hopeful news about the vaccine. Now is the time to come together – to make these difficult choices and save the lives of our families and neighbors.”
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CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov