One New Confirmed COVID-19 Infection in West Hollywood

One new COVID-19 infection has been confirmed in West Hollywood as of today, bringing the total to 198.

The Health Department has confirmed 58 new deaths and 1,568 new infections across Los Angeles County. That brings the number of positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County to 72,023 and the number of deaths to 2,890. Forty-one people had underlying health conditions including 27 people over the age of 65, 11 people between the ages of 41 and 65 years and three people between the ages of 18 and 40.

The Health Department reports that 3,988 West Hollywood residents have been tested for the virus so far and the number of those who have died from COVID-19-related illnesses remains at four.

The number of confirmed infections in Beverly Hills has grown by seven to a total of 165. The number of confirmed infections in Culver City has increased by four to 172. The Hollywood neighborhood now has 329 confirmed infections, a decrease from yesterday’s count of 330, which likely is a result of a mistaken address. The Melrose neighborhood’s infections have increased by 14 to 682.

Yesterday was the beginning of Phase 3 of the State of California’s “Resilience Roadmap,” which allows the opening (if certain rules are met) of a variety of businesses including gyms and fitness facilities and hotels.

Crunch on Sunset has announced that it is re-opening on Sunday. According to its website, Equinox on Sunset will remain closed. 24 Hour Fitness on Santa Monica Boulevard has announced that it will reopen on June 29. Barry’s Bootcamp continues to offer only virtual workout classes. WEHOville has been unable to determine what other gyms are open.

Only four of West Hollywood’s 21 hotels initially remained open after the Health Department and Gov. Gavin Newsom issued executive orders closing most non-essential businesses. They provided important services such as housing for healthcare workers. But as of today, hotels such as the Andaz and the Ramada Plaza are back in service for travelers.

Other types of businesses permitted to open as of Friday are:

  • Pro-league arenas without live audiences
  • Day camps
  • Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation
  • Music, film and television production

West Hollywood’s Film Office is currently reviewing guidance regarding music, film, and television production and will not issue permits for production until on or after July 1. Updates will be posted at www.weho.org/film as they are available.

Employees and visitors to these businesses will need to wear a cloth face covering when around other people and practice physical distancing of at least six feet at all times. Here is a detailed list of the rules that must be followed for businesses to re-open in Phase 3:

·Appendix P:Reopening Protocol for Hotels, Lodging and Short-Term Rentals

In Phase 2 of the Resilience Roadmap, the Health Department authorized the re-opening, with health and safety restrictions, of hair salons, barber shops, religious services, retail, dine-in restaurants, beaches and trails.

Still closed are nail salons, tattoo shops, bars and wineries, movie theaters, live performance theaters, entertainment centers, concert halls and venues, stadiums, arenas, gaming facilities, theme parks and festivals.

The Health Department continues to urge people who have symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested.

“COVID-19 testing continues to be prioritized for hospitalized patients, healthcare workers, and first responders with symptoms, as well as residents and employees, both symptomatic and asymptomatic, in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings where there are outbreaks.”

It said that it recommends testing for anyone who is older or has underlying health conditions with symptoms, as well as people who have been close contacts of people who are positive for COVID-19.

“Anyone that has symptoms should also consider testing. It is important to note testing negative for COVID-19 right after being exposed does not mean you can’t become infected later during the incubation period. Individuals who are tested too soon after being exposed, are less likely to test positive because the viral load may be undetectable to the test. If anyone was possibly exposed to someone with COVID-19, and the test result is negative, they should remain at home for the full 14 days, to prevent spreading illness to others. For more information on how to get tested, visitcovid19.lacounty.gov/testing.

Residents with questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and who are looking for resources to deal with it can find answers on the City of West Hollywood’s website. Here is a list of links to sections about particular subjects and issues:

Residents with questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and who are looking for resources to deal with it can find answers on the City of West Hollywood’s website. Here is a list of links to sections about particular subjects and issues: