In response to today’s announcement that LA County’s case count has exceeded 6,000, LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl issued the following statement:

“Monday is usually a day when our caseloads are relatively low, and so today’s startling news that the County has recorded more than 6,000 new cases ought to persuade every resident of this County to join us in vigilantly adhering to the County’s Health Orders.

“County residents and business owners, including restaurant owners have made extraordinary sacrifices over the last 8 months, but we face infection rates that could overrun our hospitals and put every man, woman and child, not simply those with serious cases of COVID, at mortal risk.

“Every day our hospitals serve women who are having babies, people having heart attacks, children who have been in car accidents, and we must do everything we can right now to make sure that our hospitals are able to meet the increased demand from COVID patients while tending to every other person in this County who needs hospital care.

“At the Supervisor’s meeting last week, the Board was apprised of this imminent risk to County residents, and we agreed that we would take specific steps, including closing outdoor restaurants, if the County reached certain thresholds. Outdoor restaurants are the only place where people are permitted to sit for hours without masks while servers do not maintain physical distance in order to take orders and serve food. Given our case load, I strongly believe this was a smart and responsible decision that puts people’s lives above all other considerations.

“Decisions like these are difficult but necessary. I know people continue to be frightened that they will lose jobs and businesses. Many have made huge sacrifices. But in the long run, we can bring jobs and businesses back. We cannot bring back a human life.”