4 Los Angeles County beaches remain under high bacteria warning
As the bacteria advisory continues to be lifted, Los Angeles County beaches remain on the list of beaches that can be safely visited by people with a confirmed case of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Since March 13, beaches have been subject to a low risk level which allowed people with the virus to enter the county’s beaches. The risk level is now at “low” with the exception of the Laguna de Bay area of Los Angeles County and beaches along the city of Long Beach’s waterfront.
The County of Los Angeles’ Department of Public Health (DPH) said that “at this time, there are no reported cases of people with COVID-19 found at any beach site in Los Angeles County.”
However, they said that anyone who had a fever or cough within 72 hours of entering a beach should ask a public health officer regarding their travel status.
“The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is recommending anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to isolate themselves at home, avoid beaches, avoid group gatherings and limit travel,” said DPH in a statement. “Travelers who developed symptoms after entering a county beach should be advised to quarantine for 14 days at home, as is our recommendation for the general public.”
Officials said that, as of Friday, April 9, a total of 9,078 people had been tested. Of those, 817 are positive, one is a suspected, and three are pending. In total, 6,300 people have had their temperature taken for a confirmed case of COVID-19, and 4,858 have had their temperature taken for a suspected case.
Officials said that there have been no deaths related to COVID-19 at any of the beaches. The latest report from the county includes the results of 5,741 tests and 437 positive tests. Of those, three are pending.