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Dallas County reports 261 coronavirus cases, no additional COVID-19 deaths – The Dallas Morning News

Dallas County reported 261 new coronavirus cases and zero deaths Monday.

It was first day in two weeks, and only the third in nearly three months, that the county didn’t report additional deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

The county said 177 of the newly reported cases came from the state’s reporting system: 35 from August and 142 from September. The rest were reported directly to the county health department.

The new figures bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 73,961.

Although a news release from the county indicated that 946 residents have died from COVID-19 — one more than on Saturday — a county representative confirmed that the toll remains at 945.

The county also has reported 3,184 probable cases and 10 probable COVID-19 deaths. While other North Texas counties provide estimates for how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries, saying it’s not a measurement used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that he hoped residents celebrated the holiday weekend responsibly to ensure that there would not be a spike in cases. He also said the next challenge would be the reopening of schools, and he encouraged the continued use of masks and social distancing.

“If we all continue to work together for the good of the community, we’ll see less sickness and death, more businesses and jobs thrive, and more kids in school,” he said.

Across Texas, 2,057 new cases and 20 deaths were reported Monday — a day of the week when the numbers are generally lower because of lags in weekend reporting. A total of 13,492 Texans have died from the virus, and there have been 640,370 confirmed cases in the state.

There are 3,537 coronavirus patients in Texas hospitals, including 677 in North Texas. The seven-day average of positive tests for the state is 7.2%, the lowest that number has been since mid-June.

Tarrant County

Because of the Labor Day holiday, Tarrant County will next release new coronavirus data Tuesday, according to a note on the county’s dashboard.

As of Saturday, the county had reported a total of 42,798 coronavirus cases — 2,576 of which were considered “probable.” Its death toll stood at 576.

There are 231 coronavirus patients in Tarrant County hospitals, and 37,402 people have recovered from the virus.

Collin County

Collin County reported 53 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the county’s total to 11,534 confirmed cases.

The county’s number of COVID-19 deaths remained at 118.

According to the county, 68 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus and 10,836 have recovered from it.

The county has posted a notice on its online coronavirus dashboard saying that local officials lack confidence in the data that are being provided by the state.

Denton County

Denton County reported 51 new coronavirus cases and no additional deaths Monday.

The new cases bring the county’s total to 10,639 confirmed cases. There have been 101 deaths from the virus in Denton County.

According to the county’s data, 33 patients remain hospitalized and 8,898 have recovered.

Other counties

The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for other North Texas counties. Some of those counties may not report updates each day.

The latest numbers are:

  • Rockwall County: 1,411 cases, 22 deaths
  • Kaufman County: 2,845 cases, 42 deaths
  • Ellis County: 3,888 cases, 60 deaths
  • Johnson County: 2,587 cases, 46 deaths

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Staff writer Dana Branham contributed to this report.

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L.A. County Coronavirus Report: 9 New Deaths, 1,192 Additional Cases – Update – Yahoo Entertainment

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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed 9 new deaths and 1,192 new cases. The decrease in new cases and deaths is a reflection of the reporting lag over the weekend.” data-reactid=”28″ type=”text”>UPDATE: Following up on Saturday’s COVID-19 report, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed 9 new deaths and 1,192 new cases. The decrease in new cases and deaths is a reflection of the reporting lag over the weekend.

With the new numbers, Public Health has tallied a total of 221,950 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 5,254 deaths. Of the 9 deaths, four people were over the age of 80 years old, three people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 50 and 64 years old. Six people had underlying health conditions including three people over the age of 80 years old and three people between the ages of 65 and 79 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach.

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  • Public Health is expected to receive a backlog of cases from the state electronic lab report (ELR). Data sources that track other key indicators, including hospitalizations and deaths, are not affected by this reporting issue.

    There are 1,357 confirmed cases currently hospitalized and 32% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU. Daily hospitalizations numbers continue to steadily decline. This number was up to 2,200 in the middle of July. Testing results are available for nearly 2,078,000 individuals with 10% of all people testing positive.

    Governor Gavin Newsom reported 7,934 new coronavirus infections, which was significantly lower than the 11,645 reported on August 12, which included 6,212 backlogged cases. That said, the real daily total was about 5,300. Newsom also announced that 4,429 of Friday’s cases were from the previously-reported data backlog. That means, he said, if you subtract that backlog number from the total of 7,934, the new cases in the state were actually only 3,505 on Friday. That’s the lowest number of daily new cases the state has reported since June 16.” data-reactid=”41″ type=”text”>On August 14, Governor Gavin Newsom reported 7,934 new coronavirus infections, which was significantly lower than the 11,645 reported on August 12, which included 6,212 backlogged cases. That said, the real daily total was about 5,300. Newsom also announced that 4,429 of Friday’s cases were from the previously-reported data backlog. That means, he said, if you subtract that backlog number from the total of 7,934, the new cases in the state were actually only 3,505 on Friday. That’s the lowest number of daily new cases the state has reported since June 16.

    While the newest set of coronavirus statistics reflect information from state’s electronic lab report systems stem, L.A. Public Health says that it still anticipates more numbers from a backlog of reports within the coming days.

    Saturday’s numbers are lower than all those reported on Friday. Prior to today’s update, the county saw 2,642 new cases and 45 new deaths. The latest update features a dip in hospitalizations, bringing the total amount of current hospitalized patients to just below 1,400 with Saturday’s 1,393 hospitalizations number.

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    L.A. County reports more than 1,700 new coronavirus cases – Los Angeles Times

    Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 1,789 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 related deaths but said the numbers still did not include a pending backlog of lab reports that could cause a spike in new cases.

    Young residents continue to account for an outsize share of the new cases, officials said. Of the infections recorded Sunday, 35% were among residents 30 to 49, and 69% were among residents under 50, the Department of Public Health said in a news release.

    Hospitalizations continued to trend downward, with a total of 1,514 confirmed coronavirus patients as of Saturday, compared with 2,017 patients two weeks before.

    “As we begin to see the curve flattening again, I want to urge everyone to remain cautious and attentive to the reality of COVID-19; it is not going away any time soon,” Barbara Ferrer, the county health director, said in a statement. “If we return to life as we knew it before the pandemic hit, we will see cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase once again.”

    She urged people to stay home as much as possible and refrain from gathering with others from outside their household.

    Los Angeles County now has recorded 208,528 cases of the coronavirus and 4,977 deaths.

    Orange County added 565 cases of the virus and six deaths on Sunday, bringing its total to 39,641 cases and 726 deaths. Hospitalizations continued to decline there too, with 487 confirmed coronavirus patients in county hospitals as of Saturday, compared with 687 two Saturdays before.

    Statewide, there are now 559,540 cases of the coronavirus, and 10,374 people have died. There were 5,636 hospital patients statewide with a confirmed case as of Saturday, a decline of 18% from two weeks before, according to the L.A. Times coronavirus tracker.

    Officials have cautioned that the number of cases, including those reported by individual counties, could be artificially low due to glitches in the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange electronic database that resulted in hundreds of thousands of lab reports not being uploaded to the database. They are working to fix the system and said that could cause a spike in new cases as the backlog of lab reports is cleared. It’s not clear whether the lost tests are scattered throughout the state or confined to a small number of counties.

    Hospitalization and death statistics are not affected by the reporting errors, officials said.

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    L.A. County coronavirus hospitalizations continue to decline – Los Angeles Times

    Los Angeles County public health officials on Saturday reported 2,645 new cases of the coronavirus and 51 related deaths but said hospitalizations continue to decline.

    The latest case numbers did not include a pending backlog of lab reports the county is expecting the state to send via its electronic reporting system over the next couple of days, officials said. It’s not clear whether that will change the overall picture of how rapidly the virus continues to spread.

    Still, officials said, death and hospitalization statistics were not affected by the reporting glitch, which has rendered new case numbers inaccurate.

    On Friday, there were 1,568 confirmed COVID-19 cases in county hospitals; the number topped 2,000 for much of July. The most recent three-day average number of hospitalizations represented a decline of 5.2%, according to the L.A. Times coronavirus tracker.

    L.A. County has now tallied 206,778 cases and 4,967 deaths.

    “After a fairly rough July, we are cautiously optimistic about what our numbers are showing in the first week of August, particularly the information on declining daily hospitalizations,” Barbara Ferrer, the county health director, said in a statement.

    “As we look to the future and continue planning our recovery, the lessons from our recent past serve as a reminder that we need to continue our vigilance in the face of this still new and dangerous virus.”

    Ferrer said this will require many more weeks of putting activities on hold, avoiding parties and crowded situations, wearing face coverings in public and keeping six feet apart from others.

    Orange County reported a similar drop in hospitalizations, with a total of 491 confirmed COVID-19 patients and a three-day average that represented a 5.1% decline. The county added 322 cases and 16 deaths Saturday, bringing its total to 39,076 cases and 720 deaths.

    California has reported 554,389 cases and 10,307 deaths statewide.

    Officials have cautioned that the number of cases, including those reported by individual counties, could be artificially low due to glitches in the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange electronic database.

    Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health and human services director, said Friday that between 250,000 and 300,000 results have not been uploaded to the database. It’s not clear if the lost test results are scattered throughout the state or contained to a small number of counties.

    The issue has affected L.A. County’s efforts at contact tracing, and officials on Saturday renewed their plea for any resident who has tested positive to call 1-833-540-0473 to speak to a public health specialist.

    Times staff writer Taryn Luna contributed to this report.

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    L.A. County health officials investigate coronavirus outbreak at USC tied to 3 fraternities – KTLA Los Angeles

    A coronavirus outbreak among 45 people at the University of Southern California has been tied to three fraternities, Los Angeles County’s top health official announced Wednesday.

    The outbreak is the largest among colleges and universities in the county, Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said.

    A group of graduate students at USC, some of whom live together, also became infected after socializing.

    Additionally, a separate outbreak is being investigated at UCLA after “a number” of football players returned to campus and tested positive, Ferrer said. She did not provide additional details about either of the outbreaks.

    Ferrer highlighted the hotspots before announcing the county’s preliminary protocols for reopening higher education settings, which she noted will not happen anytime soon.

    “I know that so many students and teachers and staff are eager to return to their campuses, but it simply won’t be possible to return to collegiate life as we knew it before. Dorms, classrooms and social life that’s offered by our colleges and universities create high-risk, activities and become high-risk settings for the spread of COVID-19,” Ferrer said. “Given that this virus has reached every single part of the country, and will be an unwelcome visitor hitching a ride with students as they return to our campuses, we need to be very vigilant in how we reopen.”

    Ferrer said the county will follow any guidelines released by the state regarding the reopening of colleges and universities, but indicated that local officials are planning for the safe return of students and faculty.

    “The common thread is that colleges and universities, like all other workplaces and places in our community, will have to step up their infection control practices, including the regular sanitizing of common spaces, consistent use of face coverings in all parts of the campus, and the reconfiguration of campus spaces, including dorms, to enable appropriate physical distancing,” Ferrer said.

    Infections and community spread among younger people remains a concern in Los Angeles County, especially since that age group is more likely to want to gather with people outside their household, Ferrer said.

    Nearly 60% of the 2,347 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday were in residents between 18 and 49 years old.

    This week, officials effectively banned gatherings following a fatal shooting at a massive party at a Beverly Crest home.

    “Gatherings of people from different households are such a bad idea at this point in time, particularly when this is happening as many have expanded the number of their contacts with others because they are back at work, or they are going out shopping, and they’re eating out,” the director said.

    Infections among younger people have increased dramatically during the summer months, Ferrer noted.

    Since the beginning of June, for example, case rates of people between 30 and 48 are the highest among all age groups in the county.

    Additionally, case rates among people between 18 to 29 quadrupled from the beginning of June the end of July.

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    Barbara Ferrer details coronavirus case rates among different age groups in Los Angeles County during a briefing on Aug. 5, 2020.

    “This explosive growth in cases shows that these two age groups continue to drive new infections,” Ferrer said.

    And while hospitalizations and deaths are trending down for every age group in the county, that doesn’t mean younger people aren’t at risk.

    “No matter how young you are, you are at risk for death from COVID-19,” Ferrer stressed. “It’s also important to remember that although you as an individual, particularly a younger adult, may not suffer these devastating consequences from COVID-19, you could infect someone you love, and that could be a relative or friend, and you could infect someone in your community, who could get very sick, and unfortunately pass away.”

    That’s why the county is spearheading a new educational campaign to target young people amid the coronavirus crisis. Officials encouraged younger individuals to share their stories on social media using #TheRiskIsReal, and will be putting up billboards cautioning about the effects of COVID-19.

    Ferrer on Wednesday reported 68 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities in the county to 4,825. Ferrer noted that number of new total cases she reported Wednesday could be higher after technology issues in California’s lab reporting system resulted in an undercount of local cases. So far, there are a total of 197,912 coronavirus cases in the county.

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    Floyd County sees 383 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks – Rome News-Tribune

    Floyd County logged another 77 COVID-19 cases from Saturday to Monday, bringing the number of residents who have tested positive for the disease to 1,283.

    In the past two weeks there have been 383 Floyd County residents confirmed positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus.

    Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center were treating 66 COVID-19 positive patients on Monday, according to numbers released by the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency.

    Some of those patients are from surrounding counties and and a few are patients from other regions, including South Georgia.

    Floyd Medical Center began the process this afternoon of moving non-ICU COVID-19 patients to a 20-bed mobile intensive care unit, FMC spokesperson Dan Bevels said. The unit was brought in by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency as an overflow facility for the region. The patients are being moved to open up room in the main building for those patients with more acute conditions.

    There have been no new fatalities since the 15th death recorded in late May.

    Statewide, 2,271 new cases were confirmed Monday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. That’s a positive rate of 12% out of the 21,761 test results returned. Two Georgians died of the disease on Monday and 60 were hospitalized.

    Meanwhile, the debate is ramping up over who will get vaccines once one is available.

    U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision.

    “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told one of the advisory groups the government asked to help decide. “There will be many people who feel that they should have been at the top of the list.”

    Traditionally, first in line for a scarce vaccine are health workers and the people most vulnerable to the targeted infection.

    But Collins tossed new ideas into the mix: Consider geography and give priority to people where an outbreak is hitting hardest.

    And don’t forget volunteers in the final stage of vaccine testing who get dummy shots, the comparison group needed to tell if the real shots truly work.

    “We owe them … some special priority,” Collins said.

    Huge studies this summer aim to prove which of several experimental COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

    Moderna Inc. and Pfizer Inc. began tests last week that eventually will include 30,000 volunteers each; in the next few months, equally large calls for volunteers will go out to test shots made by AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax. And some vaccines made in China are in smaller late-stage studies in other countries.

    For all the promises of the U.S. stockpiling millions of doses, the hard truth: Even if a vaccine is declared safe and effective by year’s end, there won’t be enough for everyone who wants it right away — especially as most potential vaccines require two doses.

    With vaccine misinformation abounding and fears that politics might intrude, CDC Director Robert Redfield said the public must see vaccine allocation as “equitable, fair and transparent.”

    Whoever gets to go first, a mass vaccination campaign while people are supposed to be keeping their distance is a tall order. During the 2009 swine flu pandemic, families waited in long lines in parking lots and at health departments when their turn came up, crowding that authorities know they must avoid this time around.

    Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s effort to speed vaccine manufacturing and distribution, is working out how to rapidly transport the right number of doses to wherever vaccinations are set to occur.

    Drive-through vaccinations, pop-up clinics and other innovative ideas are all on the table, said CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier.

    As soon as a vaccine is declared effective, “we want to be able the next day, frankly, to start these programs,” Messonnier said. “It’s a long road.”

    Editor John Bailey and AP medical writer Lauran Neergaard contributed to this report.

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    Los Angeles County Coronavirus Update: “Skyrocketing” New Cases, Hospitalizations Set New Records For Second Time In Last 3 Days – Deadline

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirms 59 new deaths and 4,592 new cases of COVID-19. This is the largest increase in new cases in L.A. since the pandemic began, surpassing the count from just two days before of 4,244 new cases. Over the last 48 hours there have been 7,350 new cases.

    COVID-related hospitalizations are also at a record high of 2,173 people on Thursday. That surpasses the old record of 2,103 people hospitalized, which was also set on Tuesday.

    To be absolutely clear, that means L.A. has set records for new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations on two out of the past three days.

    Those numbers come on the same day the State of California reported that it’s 7-day running average of daily new cases totaled more than 8,000 for the first time. That average has risen 295 percent in the past month.

    “We are seeing a higher rate and higher numbers than we’ve seen before,” said Los Angeles Public Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis earlier on Thursday.

    Hospitalizations are skyrocketing in Los Angeles County. Please wear a cloth face covering and stay at least 6-feet……

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    Dr. Davis indicated health officials are worried about hospital and ICU capacity. He said “all” the hospitals in the region are “looking at implementing surge capacity.”

    Asked when those beds may run out, Dr. Davis said, “At this point, we don’t have an accurate number or trajectory” as to when the county will be out of ICU beds, but said the numbers are “skyrocketing.”

    The number of ICU beds is more limited, and health officials are closely monitoring that situation.

    There are currently 1389 available ICU beds out of a total of about 4800.

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    Orange County Board of Education votes for kids to return to classes in fall without requiring social distancing or masks – CNN

    (CNN)Some of the largest school districts in Orange County, California, say they will not follow their board of education’s recommendation to return students and teachers to the classroom.

    The Orange County Board of Education approved its recommendations on Monday for the reopening of schools in the fall. The board voted 4-1 to approve a set of guidelines, including regular temperature checks, frequent hand washing and thorough cleanings of classrooms, offices and buses.
    The board did not, however, require the use of masks or social distancing. In fact, it advised against the measures.
    CNN contacted or gathered information from all 28 of the county’s school districts on Tuesday. Of the districts that responded or posted plans online — more than half — none said they would return children to school without masks or social distancing.
    The Anaheim Unified School District, which serves approximately 30,000 students, told CNN it will recommend to its board of trustees re-opening schools with a full distance-learning model to start the 2020-2021 school year.
    Santa Ana Unified, the county’s second largest district with more than 50,000 students and employees, will follow a similar path, stating in a news release that the district will start the year “entirely via distance learning.”
    “During these challenging times, the safety of our school community continues to be our top priority. While we hope at some point to have our students attend our schools alongside their classmates and teachers, now is not the time,” said Santa Ana Unified School District Superintendent Jerry Almendarez.
    “Meanwhile, we are working to develop a rigorous distance learning plan that will allow students to continue their education at home.”
    Farther south, Irvine Unified School District, with 36,000 students, said it will discuss its educational model for the fall in a meeting Tuesday night, but added, “To be clear, IUSD is not governed by the OC Board of Education and our District will not follow their non-binding recommendations for the 2020-21 school year.”
    Other districts in the county that serve grades K-12, including the Capistrano and Tustin Unified School Districts, say they will offer families the option of a hybrid schedule or 100% online learning. Still, the Huntington Beach Union High School District, La Habra City School District, and others specifically said they would not return children to classes under the guidelines.
    And a smaller district in Anaheim, the Magnolia School District, slammed the board for “politicizing” the safety of schools, and said it was leaning toward 100% online instruction in the fall.
    “We are in Anaheim with the highest percent of Covid-19 infections in the Orange County,” Superintendent Frank Donavan told CNN. “The Board’s vote last night is not safe and is politicizing something that shouldn’t be political.”

    The board’s recommendations

    “K-12 children represent the lowest-risk cohort for Covid-19. Because of that fact, social distancing of children and reduced census classrooms is not necessary and therefore not recommended,” read the recommendations, contained in a white paper.
    “Requiring children to wear masks during school is not only difficult — if not impossible to implement — but not based on science. It may even be harmful and is therefore not recommended,” it said.
    The board noted that these recommendations were merely guidelines, not “laws” or “even rules.” It will be up to the individual school districts on how they want to go about having their students return for in-person classes.
    If a district decides to not reopen or resume classes in a “typical classroom environment and school atmosphere,” the board says parents should be allowed to send their children to another school district or charter school.
    The board emphasized its belief that schools need to reopen in the fall.
    Calling remote learning an “utter failure,” the board said “abandoning the classroom in favor of computer-based learning proved frustrating to all — not just parents and students but teachers, too.”
    While some parents voiced their support to reopen schools during the board meeting, a group of parents and teachers gathered outside of the board’s meeting, protesting the idea of having kids return to school without masks or social distancing, according to CNN affiliate KCAL.
    As California sees a surge in new coronavirus cases, two of the state’s largest school districts — Los Angeles and San Diego — have already announced that they will not open for any in-person instruction in the fall.
    The American Academy of Pediatrics has advocated for schools to reopen in the fall, saying that the mental and physical benefits of in-person learning outweigh the risks from the coronavirus.
    But while the group said face coverings or physical distancing were of lower priority to younger children, it recommended that students in middle and high schools be required to wear face coverings when a 6-foot distance is not able to be maintained.

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    Los Angeles County orders closure of garment manufacturer after 300 employees contract coronavirus | TheHill – The Hill

    Los Angeles County health officials have ordered the closure of a garment manufacturing facility where more than 300 employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including four people who died from the disease.

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) said in a statement Friday that the order came as a result of an investigation into Los Angeles Apparel, a basics apparel manufacturer and distributor founded in 2016. The company employs more than 350 people, according to its Facebook page.

    DPH said that it initiated the probe after learning that three employees died of COVID-19 in June and that one succumbed to the virus in early July. 

    “The death of four dedicated garment workers is heartbreaking and tragic,” DPH Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “Business owners and operators have a corporate, moral and social responsibility to their employees and their families to provide a safe work environment that adheres to all of the health officer directives — this responsibility is important, now more than ever, as we continue to fight this deadly virus.”

    DPH first ordered the Los Angeles Apparel plant on June 27 to shut down its operations after an earlier review found that it had committed “flagrant violations of mandatory public health infection control orders.” County officials also said that the garment manufacturer failed to cooperate with its review of a reported coronavirus outbreak at the facility. 

    A health care provider had first notified DPH of a potential outbreak at the plant on June 19, the department noted, adding that it prompted an immediate investigation into the matter. As part of the probe, health officials requested a list of the apparel company’s employees to compare it to testing results DPH receives. But the company failed to comply with multiple requests for the list, county health officials said. 

    Inspectors who visited the plant ahead of the June 27 order also observed “multiple violations of distancing requirements and infection control protocols.” The violations included cardboard being used as a barrier between employees. 

    A couple weeks later, DPH advised that Los Angeles Apparel could only permit employees who had no symptoms to return. But the company “violated the Health Officer Order by reopening with apparently new employees, which DPH learned despite Los Angeles Apparel’s attempts to prevent DPH employees from entering the factory,” officials said. 

    “At this time, Los Angeles Apparel is under orders to remain closed until they can show that the facility is in full compliance with Public Health mandates,” DPH said. 

    Los Angeles Apparel did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. 

    Dov Charney, the company’s founder, pushed back on the allegations made by the health department while speaking with CNN. He contended that the decision was “political” in nature and disputed the statement that the company did not cooperate with the investigation.

    He told CNN that the county health department did not tell the company that use of cardboard barriers wasn’t in line with health protocols. He also said he received no guidance about the hiring of new employees. 

    “Absolutely, we brought in new employees,” Charney said. “What company can’t hire new employees? No one said do not hire new employees.”

    The outbreak at the garment manufacturing facility in Los Angeles comes as Southern California and many other parts of the U.S. experience a surge in new coronavirus cases. California has reported more than 300,000 confirmed cases of the virus, more than a third of which have been recorded in Los Angeles County. 

    The country reported approximately 4,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on July 7, marking a new single-day high. 

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