The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) at mid-week had confirmed 16 new deaths and 255 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 16 new deaths reported, six people that passed away were over the age of 80, five people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, four people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29.

To date, Public Health identified 1,237,899 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,117 deaths. There are 352 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 22 percent of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 6,662,000 individuals with 17 percent of people testing positive.

Masking and distancing requirements remain in L.A. County. With the majority of County residents still unvaccinated and more opportunities for intermingling, businesses must continue to adhere to workplace protocols that require infection control, occupancy limits, distancing, masking, and appropriate PPE that protect employees, customers and residents from COVID-19. Businesses must also complete and implement their safety protocols and post them or a copy of their Los Angeles County COVID-19 Compliance Program certificate.

Public Health’s compliance team continues to visit businesses across the county every day. Inspectors provide education, technical assistance, identify violations, and may issue citations for businesses out of compliance. From May 13 to May 16, a total of seven citations were issued to restaurants for noncompliance with Health Officer Orders. Non-compliance and dangerous conditions at businesses can be reported to Public Health by phone at (888) 700-9995 or online at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.