COVID in LA County: Series of sporting events and shows across the Los Angeles area have been canceled or postponed due to the recent surge in cases
LOS ANGELES (KABC) – If you have tickets to a major event soon, check with the venue to see if they’re still running.
A number of events in the Los Angeles area have been canceled or postponed this weekend as the county reports its highest number of daily infections in nearly four months.
The district reported 3,360 new cases in its daily update published on Friday. This daily number of cases had previously remained constant below 3,000 since the end of August.
The county also reported 27 additional deaths from COVID-19 and 772 people currently hospitalized. Hospital admissions hadn’t been more than 700 since early October.
The surge comes as the Omicron variant makes its way across the country and is now found in 39 states.
Here are some events to watch out for:
UCLA North Carolina men’s basketball game
The UCLA men’s basketball game against North Carolina scheduled for Saturday in Las Vegas has been canceled due to COVID developments as part of the Bruins program, the university said.
The team-related activities of UCLA have been paused and the status of future games is to be determined.
According to a tweet posted on Saturday afternoon, the Bruins will no longer play Cal Poly in a non-conference game on Wednesday at the Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA said the game has been canceled and will not be postponed due to COVID developments within the Bruins program.
Other team-related activities have been paused and the status of future games will be determined according to UCLA.
The NFL has postponed at least three games due to the high number of players who tested positive. This also includes the Rams Seahawks game, which was scheduled for Sunday at the SoFi Stadium, but has now been postponed to Tuesday.
Almost 30 Rams players are going through COVID logs including stars Odell Beckham Jr., Von Miller, and Jalen Ramsey.
The Anaheim Ducks game against the Flames scheduled for Tuesday in Calgary has been postponed due to COVID-related reasons, and a new date has not yet been announced.
“A Christmas Carol” performances at the Ahmanson Theater in downtown LA have been canceled until Dec. 26 after more groundbreaking cases were discovered within the company, the Center Theater Group said.
The performances are slated to resume on December 28, said Jason Martin, director of public relations for the Center Theater Group, on Friday.
The scheduled performance for Thursday has also been canceled “for the benefit and safety of our guests, cast and crew,” along with the performances scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Martin said.
Ticket holders will be contacted shortly with rebooking or refund options and should contact their original point of sale with questions, Martin said.
Stricter COVID protocols
LA County is fighting the surge with new rules for attending large gatherings.
Tighter COVID-19 protocols for major LA County events begin today
If you want to attend a mega-event starting Friday, be it indoors or outdoors, you will need to provide a full vaccination card or recent negative test results. If you are given an antigen test, it must be done within one day of the event, while it is two days for a PCR test.
“While things are definitely not going in the direction we want, we have more tools to protect ourselves this year than we did at this time last year, but we urgently need to use them,” said the county health director. Barbara Ferrer.
But even a quick test is more demanding these days.
While the Dodger Stadium parking lot has reopened as a testing site, many local drug stores are selling out for the home test kits.
Local guides remind residents to be vigilant during the holidays.
“Let yourself be strengthened,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Get vaccinated if you haven’t already. And make sure you practice safe social distancing so we can get through the holidays without the deaths we saw last year. “
The City Intelligence Service contributed to this report.
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