NORTHRIDGE-CHATSWORTH, CA — On Monday Los Angeles County reported 2,903 new cases of coronavirus, its single-largest total during the pandemic. There are now 100,772 confirmed cases in the county, with a positive test rate of nine percent.
But with one in 140 Angelenos positive, coming into contact with infected people is growing increasingly likely, according to Dr. Roger Lewis, who leads the county's statistical modeling efforts.
On Sunday, the Gov. Gavin Newsom and the county ordered bars closed down. County Public Health Director Barbara Farrer said that of the establishments visited by inspectors of the weekend, 49 percent of bars and 33 percent of restaurants were not meeting physical distancing requirements, while 54 percent of bars and 44 percent of restaurants were violating the requirement that workers wear face masks and shields.
Further scale-backs seem likely as the surge continues. On Monday afternoon, Los Angeles County announced that all of its beaches would close for the July 4 holiday weekend.
In Northridge there are currently 578 confirmed cases, and there have been 36 deaths, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. In Chatsworth there are 280 cases and have been 31 deaths.
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City News Service and Patch staffers Michael Wittner and Paige Austin contributed to this report.