Los Angeles County reports 5,000 new coronavirus cases the day before new home support order goes into effect

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – The surge in Los Angeles County coronavirus cases continues, with more than 5,000 new cases announced on Sunday.

The county announced 5,014 new cases and 16 additional deaths.

There are 2,049 hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county.

As the numbers continue to rise, the county’s new home security ordinance goes into effect Monday, placing new limits on gatherings, activities and occupancy of businesses.

Authorities have urged people to stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday, but hospitals are bracing for further strain on their capacity after aviation officials say around 1 million people have passed through airports of the country Saturday only.

As part of the new order, the playgrounds and arcades will also close again on Monday, having been allowed to reopen in October.

The new order says people shouldn’t get together with anyone outside of their own homes. It also orders essential retail stores limited to 35% capacity and 20% for non-essential retail. Gyms can remain open at 50% of their capacity, but are only allowed to operate outdoors.

The order lasts at least until December 20.

In a separate order, restaurants last week were ordered to close again for an in-person meal.

The county has reported more than 395,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with more than 7,600 deaths.

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