Why one coronavirus metric might be keeping your county from reopening

Customers dine on the patio at La Boheme in West Hollywood. Restaurants in Los Angeles County are allowed to serve customers only outdoors. <span class="copyright">(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Customers dine on the patio at La Boheme in West Hollywood. Restaurants in Los Angeles County are allowed to serve customers only outdoors. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

It’s a metric that comes up often in conversations about reopening the economy in California, a passport to a more normal life amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses’ fates depend on it. In many counties, it is all that stands in the way of people being allowed to dine indoors at restaurants, watch movies on the big screen and sweat through spin classes at the gym.

The number: 7.0.

Under California’s latest reopening plan, state officials require that counties meet certain benchmarks before allowing more businesses to unlock their doors and welcome customers. Counties from Los Angeles to Butte and Sonoma to San Bernardino have stalled trying to log seven or fewer new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 residents each day.

The

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It is bad enough that the stands are empty. At this rate, the NFL’s rosters will soon be empty of stars.

While soft tissue injuries seem to be out of control among the pros, at least the NFL has a handle on COVID-19. Just ask the five head coaches fined $100,000 by the league for not wearing masks during their games. Pete Carroll (Seahawks), Vic Fangio (Broncos), Jon Gruden (Raiders), Sean Payton (Saints), and Kyle Shanahan (49ers) all have lighter wallets.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame has a lighter schedule — at least for now, thanks to the postponement of Saturday’s game with Wake Forest, the result of 23 players being unavailable, infected with COVID-19 or quarantined thanks to contact tracing.

The Irish are not alone at the college level. As the Big Ten and Mid-American Conference attempt to start an abbreviated season (with no bye weeks built in to accommodate COVID-related

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