Los Angeles Country Public Health Director, Barbara Ferrer reportedly commented on a conference call with school nurses, administrators and other education and medical professionals that schools wouldn’t likely open “at least until after the election, after, you know, in early November.”
In a recent audio obtained by KFI News Radio reporter Steve Gregory, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer pointed to the November election as a critical time for the reopening of schools in Los Angeles County.
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The audio, presented on a recent episode of the John & Ken Show, was reportedly of a conference call between Ferrer and “school nurses, school administrators, other education and medical professionals.”
Dr. Ferrer’s words can be heard at approximately the 02:23 mark, available here.
“So we don’t realistically anticipate that we would be moving to either Tier 2 or to reopening K-12 schools at least during – at least until after the election, after, you know, in early November.
“When we look at the timing of everything, it seems to us a more realistic approach to this would be to think that we’re going to be where we are now until we get after – until we are done with the election.”
Steve Gregory added on the program that he followed up with an email to the health department to ask when Dr. Ferrer said the schools plan to reopen.
“I got a response back that is basically this word salad. It’s one big long paragraph of a word salad.
“It’s not even worth reading because all that it said was, ‘we’re reassessing all of the time, and as soon as we do the in-person learning with the high risk, high needs students, basically the special needs, we will reassess for everyone else.’
“That was their official answer as to when the schools were going to reopen.”
Gregory went on to say:
“So the health department official statement does not jive with the health director. And that’s what I was trying to establish.
“Now, if they had said something like, we’re targeting early November, then the story would have been, schools are opening in early November. Then everyone’s on the same track.”
“What caught my attention on this was that she said election not just once, but she says it twice.”
Gregory also noted a discrepancy in the approach to school opening versus the opening of LA County in general.
“When you start looking at the timing of the breweries, the tasting rooms, the card rooms, the entertainment rooms, the restaurants, everything else is being evaluated in LA County in three weeks.”
Gregory also pointed to the recent positive news regarding COVID, noting that positive cases are the lowest reported in Los Angeles County and that hospitalizations are under 1,000 for the first time, and he stated there has only been one death under 17.
Published statistics from the Los Angeles County Public Health bear out Gregory’s assertion, showing new positive cases as of September 9 at 671, representing a large drop from the highest new positive cases in August, which was 12,614. Hospitalizations as of September 9 are down to 936.
Other data from the CA.gov COVID Dashboard indicate that persons aged 0-17 comprised 10 percent of total infections in Los Angeles County, and a statistical zero percent of deaths.
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