​LA County reopens with a sense of relief and sadness for all the losses suffered

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LA County reopens with a sense of relief and sadness for all the losses suffered throughout the pandemic.

"At long last, the day that so many of us have been waiting for has finally arrived," says Supervisor Hilda Solis who reflected on what she called a "difficult and heartbreaking year and a half."

Nearly 1.3 million COVID-19 cases were reported in LA County and more than 24,000 deaths.

"I like, for us, to take a moment of silence to remember them," she says.

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer pointed out how much progress has been made.

At the peak of the winter surge, the county was reporting more than 15,000 cases a day and close to 300 people a day were dying.

Now, daily cases have dropped below 200; and daily deaths are in the single digits.

"After 16 months of enormous upheaval and loss we can now share in a genuine sense of hope," Ferrer says.

Ferrer said as the county lifts safety measures, officials are "joyous but vigilant."