COVID-19 cases dropping so low in L.A. County that officials could soon seek to reopen schools

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Manchester Ave. Elementary School 5th grade teacher Gladys Alvarez talks to her students during a virtual zoom class inside her empty classroom.(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Manchester Ave. Elementary School 5th grade teacher Gladys Alvarez talks to her students during a virtual zoom class inside her empty classroom. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Despite disturbing numbers of young people dying of COVID-19, Los Angeles County’s chief medical officer said Thursday that new coronavirus cases may soon drop enough to allow officials to apply for waivers to reopen elementary schools.

During an online news conference, Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser noted that waivers can be sought to reopen schools when cases are below 200 for every 100,000 people for two weeks.

Over the last two weeks, officials have reported 27,739 new cases, which amounts to 275 per 100,000, but Gunzenhauser said that number was steadily dropping.

“We do believe we could get down to under 200 in the near future,” he said.

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