LOS ANGELES, CA — The top health officials in Los Angeles County conceded to a slew of miscalculations in the early stages of the pandemic Monday, but it’s those hard lessons that are guiding the community out of the latest outbreak.
Early on, experts erred in downplaying the spread of the disease among asymptomatic carriers and in denying the value of masks in halting the spread of COVID-19, acknowledged Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health department director. But as officials mandate social distancing and face coverings, there is evidence that the spread of the virus is slowing, again, in Los Angeles. The county’s seven-day positivity rate has reached 8.4%, a sharp declined from earlier in the month when the tally of new coronavirus cases skyrocketed. The county recently shut down three major employers in the food industry that endured outbreaks after failing to comply with health protocols. The closures send