Los Angeles County lifts public health emergency for Covid

Last Updated on April 1, 2023 by

Los Angeles, April 1 (IANS) Los Angeles, the most populous county in the US, has officially ended its local public health emergency for Covid-19.

“As the longest emergency in LA County history draws to a close after 1,122 days, we honor the 36,000 who lost their lives and reflect on the opportunity to serve the public during this challenging time,” wrote county officials in a tweet on Friday.

The local state of emergency for Covid-19 was initially proclaimed on March 4, 2020, in Los Angeles County, home to over 10 million residents.

The county, once one of the hardest-hit parts in the US amid the pandemic, reported 1,269 new Covid-19 cases and 24 new related deaths earlier this week, bringing the countywide tallies to over 3.72 million cases and 35,994 deaths as of Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the latest update of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

“The end of the emergency doesn’t mean the end of LA County’s support for residents who continue to struggle with Covid-19 and its impacts,” county officials tweeted.

They noted in a statement that this means changes in some programs but many services will continue to be available to support residents in the county.

With the lifting of county, state and federal Covid-19 emergency orders, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues to ensure easy access to free vaccines, boosters, tests and therapeutics, public health officials said in a statement last week, urging local residents to maintain sensible precautions to minimise disruptions at worksites, schools and health care facilities caused by Covid-19 outbreaks.

The Covid-19 emergency state in California, the most populous state of the US, officially ended on February 28, nearly three years after Governor Gavin Newsom issued the country’s first statewide stay-at-home order. In January, the White House announced its plan to end the Covid-19 national emergency and public health emergency on May 11.

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