“My hope is we’re on the back side of the COVID surge,” Vinatieri said. “We want to be safe but want people to get out and make sure we’re back to business as normal.” Mayor Joe Vinatieri said reopening the buildings to the public was “all about getting back to normalcy. “
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors the seven-day average rate of new cases in the county was about 310 per 100,000 residents as of Monday, down from 380 per 100,000 residents a week ago. In Los Angeles County, COVID-19 daily case numbers and the testing-positivity rate are trending downward, indicating the county appears to have “passed the peak” of the omicron variant surge. However, virus transmission remains at one of the highest points of the pandemic, the public health director said on Tuesday.
The testing-positivity rate has fallen from about 17% a week ago to roughly 14% this week. “With case rates dropping and seemingly normalizing, we will resume normal in-person service at City Hall beginning next week but continue enforcing outside queuing and social distancing in our waiting areas,” Saeki announced at the Tuesday, Jan. 25 City Council meeting. “We know COVID isn’t over but we’re cautiously optimistic.”
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