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LA County plans to flag restaurants with COVID-19 cases

The establishments will be added to a list of institutions and residential care facilities where the coronavirus has been detected.
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Los Angeles County plans to start publishing the names of restaurants where employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

The establishments will be added to a running list maintained by the county’s Department of Public Health (DPH) of businesses where COVID-19 was present, Director Barbara Ferrer said at a press conference earlier this week.

Ferrer said restaurants with what she termed an outbreak will be added to the list by Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The roster, updated daily by the DPH, includes facilities where only one employee or resident has been diagnosed with the viral disease. Both confirmed and presumed positive cases are recorded.

The list currently abounds in residential-type institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, police stations and veteran care centers.

It was not clear if restaurants with customers diagnosed as having COVID-19 would also be included in the list. The department has yet to respond to a request from Restaurant Business for more information. 

Just under 15,700 cases have been confirmed in the county, or roughly 44% of all cases reported in California. 



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