L.A. County stay-at-home order extended through May 15 as officials warn nearly 96% could be infected if measures are lifted

Los Angeles County on Friday extended its stay-at-home order an additional month through at least May 15 in a continuing effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, said that officials are extending the order because it is helping in the fight against COVID-19, but “we still have a ways to go.”

According to projections by the county, if the stay-at-home order was lifted too quickly and people resumed daily life, 95.6% of residents in the county would be infected with coronavirus, said Christina Ghaly, the county’s health services director.

If physical distance measures continue, the overall infection rate of the community could go down to 30%, the projections show.

“That’s a huge decline,” Ghaly said.

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