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Anonymous tips help California counties enforce virus orders

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Posted at 4:02 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 19:02:53-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After weeks of stressing education over enforcement, California communities are issuing fines and relying on anonymous tips to make sure businesses and residents are complying with health orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Los Angeles County, the state’s most populous, is averaging 2,000 reports a week on its tip lines with complaints ranging from a lack of hand sanitizer to improper cleaning of workplace bathrooms.

California on Thursday reported nearly a half-million confirmed virus cases since March, the most in the nation, and 391 deaths were tallied over the last two days, the highest since the start of the pandemic.