Fewer Businesses Cited for COVID-19 Health Violations

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 61 new deaths and 1,956 new cases of COVID-19. The majority of those who died were over the age of 65. As of Aug. 20. Public Health has identified 225,827 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 5,392 deaths. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Beverly Hills is 581.

To date, Public Health has conducted investigations at close to 30,000 workplaces. Recent statistics are encouraging, in terms of business compliance with the Health Officer Order. In April, 30 business were closed for violations of the Order. In July, the number decreased to 23, even as the number of inspections tripled. Public Health reports that it is “hopeful more businesses will continue to come into compliance.”

“Businesses play a very important role in slowing the spread because their actions and policies have an enormous impact on their workers. Improving efforts to protect the health of workers by making workplaces as safe as possible helps reduce disproportionality because workplaces can fuel inequities,” an Aug. 18 statement read.

Health Officer Orders require business owners to implement strategies that protect workers and customers. They must also report COVID-19 outbreaks to Public Health in a timely fashion. Health Officer Orders require businesses with three or more known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days, to report the outbreak to Public Health. Employers who have one known case within the workplace must have a protocol that requires that person to self-isolate at home and anyone exposed to self-quarantine.

Residents who observe non-compliant or dangerous conditions at any businesses may submit tips anonymously to Public Health by calling 888-700-9995.

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