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Scott Steepleton, Editor
4:31 pm PST February 12, 2021

Amid the confluence of the Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day, Los Angeles County public health officials are reminding residents that holiday gatherings can become COVID-19 super-spreader events.

The Year of the Ox begins today, followed by a three-day weekend where romance and American presidents will be celebrated. This, according to Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County’s public health director, could signal big gatherings, and, as was seen after the winter holidays, “significant increases” in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations within a few weeks.

Both measures are on the decline, but Ferrer said that with continued widespread transmission of the virus in the county, “Being around people who aren’t part of your household puts you at a greater risk for COVID-19. So, the best way to stay safe is to celebrate with just your household and connect virtually with friends and family that don't live with you.”

In the most recent tally, Malibu has seen 331 cases of the virus in the past year and six deaths.