LA County Reminds Residents to Avoid Gatherings for the Big Game

Even as the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to fall in Los Angeles County, health officials are issuing a stark warning to residents, asking them to avoid hanging out with people outside their households to watch the Super Bowl this weekend.

"We understand this is normally a time to get together with friends and extended family. But this year is different and we don’t want or need another step backwards on our recovery journey," health officials wrote. "The serious consequences of gathering indoors with people outside of your household to watch the Super Bowl is just not worth it. Enjoy the game, cheer for your team, and do it all from a comfortable chair or couch in your home with those you live with. Connect virtually to your friends. This weekend, we ask that you not share with others your respiratory droplets, which are more easily spread when we raise our voices, sing, and chant."

On Thursday, the county's Department of Public Health reported 239 deaths from COVID-19 with health officials saying they expect the number of daily deaths from the coronavirus to remain elevated for a few more weeks.

“The number of people passing away daily is devastating beyond words,'' Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “COVID-19 transmission can just as easily occur at house parties as at businesses not following the straightforward safety measures. Do not attend or host a Super Bowl party this weekend. Restaurant, winery and brewery establishments must do their part as required, keeping TVs off and following the requirements in the L.A. County Health Officer Order. We all must work together to defend against another surge.''

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