Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was expected to give an update on the city’s coronavirus response at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday’s address comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans for the state to resume scheduling essential surgeries, one of the first times rules under the stay-at-home order have been eased.
The governor also said the state has increased its daily virus testing capacity from 2,000 to about 16,000 since the end of last month, and expanded testing will be key to reopening the economy. But it’s still too soon for a specific timeframe on when that will happen, Newsom said.
In L.A. County Wednesday, officials announced plans to start testing people without symptoms at nursing homes in an effort to curtail outbreaks.
Officials reported another 66 deaths and 1,318 new cases countywide Wednesday, for a total of 16,435 cases and 729 deaths.
Statewide, 1,354 coronavirus-related fatalities and nearly 35,400 cases had been confirmed as of Wednesday.
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