LA County Confirms First Case Of South African COVID-19 Variant, First 3 Cases Of Brazilian Variant

Los Angeles County confirmed its first case of the South African COVID-19 variant Tuesday as well as the first three cases of the Brazilian variant.

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- Now at 4:30, LA County continues to make progress in the fight against COVID-19. But county health officials are urging everyone still to stay vigilant.

- Yeah, they're concerned with all the reopenings and the spread of variants, that there could be a spike in community transmission.

BARBARA FERRER: We still have moderate transmission. That's why we're in the orange tier. It would be lovely to get to the yellow tier, which really means you have minimal transmission going on in the community because your case rate has dropped to less than two new cases per 100,000 people. So yes, I would like to see our case rate drop more. We'll have to continue to work really hard for that to happen.

- All right, so LA County will remain in the orange chair for now, as the case rate remained the same as last week, which health officials say shows that the county is not continuing to see a decline in the number of cases.