County announces two additional coronavirus deaths, increases restriction

Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced new restrictions amid an announcement Saturday of two additional deaths and 59 new cases countywide. 

“I believe the purpose of this revised order was to codify the County guidelines with the Governor’s most recent order,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth. “Unfortunately, we have seen too many people throughout the county, including Santa Clarita, ignoring the previous directives which only prolongs these restrictions.”

The enhanced health officer order was, in fact, issued to ensure it’s consistent with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order, according to a news release issued by Public Health. 

The enhanced order now prohibits all gatherings and events of any size, both public and private, anywhere within the county.

Everyone is to remain at home except when traveling to a business deemed essential, engaging in essential activities or participating in an individual or family outdoor activity. 

The order also clarifies that golf courses and personal grooming services, including hair and nail salons, are non-essential services that are closed.

In addition, all essential businesses should ensure they are taking all the necessary precautions. This includes practicing social distancing by ensuring everyone remains at least 6 feet apart, providing access to handwashing facilities with soap or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, posting signs asking the public not to enter if they are feeling sick, and adhering to all other public health recommendations.

Public Health reminds residents to do their part by adhering to the order, as well as practicing social distancing. Those who are sick, even mildly, are advised to stay home until 72 hours after being fever free or for at least seven days, whichever is longer. 

In Los Angeles County, there have been 351 confirmed COVID-19 cases and four deaths, while the Santa Clarita Valley has nine confirmed cases.

To view the order, click here. To view all coronavirus-related stories, visit signalscv.com/category/news/coronavirus.

Signal Managing Editor Perry Smith contributed to this report.

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