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‘This is the worst it’s ever been’: L.A. Mayor announces city worker furloughs during State of the City address

While plans are already under way to reopen Los Angeles, the timing of when that will happen will depend on infection data.

“There’s good reason to believe that your actions have absolutely helped us flatten this curve, but to be clear, the numbers still are going up,” Garcetti said. “Yesterday, we Los Angeles News lost 81 Angelenos. Until our numbers start to shrink, we still have a lot of work to do. And each of those dots on a graph represents one human life cut short.”

Los Angeles County had 12,341 confirmed COVID-19 cases and a total of 600 deaths as of Sunday. The 81 deaths reported Saturday marked the county’s deadliest day by far.

The mayor laid out five steps to get business moving again in the city. They included expanding virus and antibody testing, establishing real-time testing, immediate tracing and tracking response to outbreaks; building and maintaining hospital capacity; and research and development into treatments and vaccine.

“It may be months, my friends, before we safely gather in large groups,” Garcetti said. “It may be a year or more before a vaccine or medicine frees us from periodically returning to safer-at-home, but I am so proud of what we have done as a city to staunch the bleeding.”

He pointed to the city’s rent freeze, eviction mortorium and Angeleno Card program as examples.

“Right now, we’re only in the first battle of this fight. Without a Press Release Distribution Service Los Angeles vaccine, we will almost certainly see a second wave of this novel coronavirus,” the mayor said. “But let me be clear, we cannot stay indoors for six or seven months without risking an even greater economic catastrophe.”

Garcetti called on the federal government to loosen regulations to allow federal funds be used to repay more of the city’s COVID-19 related expenses.

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