Other services, including hair and nail salons, can open Monday in Los Angeles County, and on Tuesday in Long Beach, with 25% capacity.
Long Beach officials have not responded to questions about whether they’ll follow suit. The city has its own health department, but it has aligned with the county on most decisions.
The unprecedented violence in Washington, D.C., began when thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered near the Capitol building and White House to assert, falsely, that Trump won the November election.
The county may be on its way to reporting 1,000 deaths per week given the current surge, health officials said.
The situation in hospital morgues is so dire that the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has been storing bodies on their behalf, and National Guard troops have been called in to help the coroner’s office with administrative duties, officials said.
They expect tomorrow to be much worse; no one wants to come to the E.R. on Christmas day unless they really have to.
The order was put into place when the Southern California region—which includes counties from San Luis Obispo south to San Diego—dropped below 15% capacity in intensive care units.
County officials presented stark data Wednesday that shows by far the hardest hit communities are Latinos, and those who live in low-income areas.
Across LA County, there are now 883 coronavirus patients in the ICU, where the sickest people receive treatment, and 1,560 patients being treated for other conditions. One month ago, on Nov. 14, the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU was 294.
Officials said close to 2,400 people are now hospitalized and 75 people died in the last 24 hours of the virus, with Barbara Ferrer, director of the Department of Public Health, breaking down in tears at one point while giving the daily report.