LA County Sheriff's Dept. arrests nearly 200 in 'super-spreader' parties over the weekend

By , KNX 1070

Over the past weekend, nearly 200 people were arrested at two massive “super-spreader” events in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department announced.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva tweeted that will "seek out and take law enforcement action against ALL underground party events occurring anywhere within Los Angeles County, who fall under the Health Orders of the County's Department of Public Health."

As part of the ongoing crackdowns enforcing COVID-19 restrictions in the region, the arrests were made by the super-spreader taskforce.

In August, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti authorized the city to shut off LADWP service in egregious cases in which houses, businesses and venues were hosting unpermitted, large gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have been clear from the beginning that getting together in groups outside of your household that is not permitted, is not allowed and we have asked Angelenos not to gather and not have parties," Garcetti said.

California has continued to see rising death tolls across the state, reaching over 30,000 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University. While it ranks third nationally, behind Texas and New York, California's hospitals are at a breaking point.

CBS News contributed to this story.

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