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Los Angeles County has new quarantine rules with rise of COVID-19 cases

Los Angeles County has asked travelers to quarantine when they return home.

Registered Nurse Allison Shiftar puts on protective glasses as she gets ready to go into one of the triage rooms to care for a COVID-19 positive patient in the emergency department at Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, Calif. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.
Registered nurse Allison Shiftar puts on protective glasses as she gets ready to go into one of the triage rooms to care for a COVID-19 positive patient in the emergency department at Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.
Renee C. Byer, The Sacramento Bee via Associated Press

Los Angeles County has issued new rules for travelers, asking them to quarantine when they return home, according to The Los Angeles Times.

What’s happening:

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has told everyone who traveled outside the county to quarantine for 10 days upon return.

  • Someone who experiences symptoms for the coronavirus — or who tests positive — should quarantine for 10 days, or until they are free of a fever for 24 days, The Los Angeles Times reports.
  • Individuals should avoid leaving their home or allowing other people inside their household.
  • The county said people should find other people to buy groceries or essential items for them, too.

Key quote:

“For those who traveled outside of L.A. County and recently returned, you may have had an exposure to COVID-19,” officials said, according to The Los Angeles Times. “The virus can take up to 14 days to incubate, and for many people the virus causes no illness or symptoms. If you go back to work, go shopping or go to any gatherings at any point over the next 10 days, you could easily pass on the virus to others.”

California problems with COVID-19

California has reported the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases per capita in the country, SF Gate reports.

  • California has reported 100.5 daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the last seven days, which puts it right behind Tennessee, according to SF Gate.
  • An interesting note — SF Gate reports that the last time it looked at these numbers was in November when California had a rate of 21 new cases per 100,000 residents.