LA County prepares for stay-at-home order if spike continues

Outdoor dining in L.A. has been restricted to 50%, but if daily cases exceed 4,000 or hospitalizations exceed 1,750 per day, all outdoor dining will close. A full stay-at-home order will return if cases exceed 4,500 per day. Officials are predicting that over the next month, we will see the highest hospitalization rates ever since the pandemic began. — Eater Los AngelesKTLA

Health officials are unsure what led to L.A.’s recent surge in cases. According to the county’s chief medical officer, contact tracing interviews don’t reveal any significant changes in residents’ lifestyle habits compared to October, when cases were at a low. — KTLA

A number of nearby workplaces — run by L.A. County, Kaiser Permanente, Smithfield Foods and CitiStaff Solutions — have been served with $191,380 in COVID-19 safety violation fines. — Los Angeles Daily News

UCLA public health researchers have developed a model to identify the L.A. neighborhoods that should be prioritized for vaccine distribution based on the risk of spread and the number of essential workers. — Patch Los Angeles

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