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Los Angeles County reported 287 new coronavirus  cases

Los Angeles County reported 287 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 1,234,372 as of Wednesday. Officials reported 21 new deaths linked to the coronavirus, for a total of 23,948 deaths since tracking began.

There were no new hospitalizations reported since Monday, keeping the official count of hospitalizations to 400. California Department of Public Health’s vaccines dashboard, more than 7,814,555 vaccine doses have been administered in Los Angeles County as of Tuesday, May 4

Los Angeles County is the only Southern California county to advance to the yellow tier. The rest of the region remains in the slightly more restrictive orange tier. Pasadena and Long Beach were a step ahead of the county, enacting eased guidelines on Wednesday, including the reopening of indoor bars.

Weekly statistics released by the state Tuesday showed the county’s rate of daily new COVID-19 infections had fallen to 1.6 per 100,000 residents, down from 1.9 last week. Reaching the yellow tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy requires a county to have a new-case rate of less than 2 per 100,000 residents, and maintain that level for two consecutive weeks.

The yellow tier allows higher capacity limits at most businesses. Under state guidelines being followed by the county, fitness centers, card rooms, wineries and breweries can increase indoor attendance to 50% of capacity, up from the current 25%; bars can open indoors at 25%. Outdoor venues such as Dodger Stadium can increase capacity to 67%, up from the current 33%; and amusement parks can allow 35%, up from 25%. Restaurant capacity remains at 50% indoors, but the new restrictions allow restaurants, bars and breweries to turn on their television sets indoors and outdoors.

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