LOS ANGELES:- From December 7, 2020, when vaccinations first became available, to June 7, 2021, 99.6% of the County’s nearly 437,000 COVID-19 cases were individuals who were unvaccinated. There were nearly 12,900 COVID-19 hospitalizations over this time period, 98.7% occurred among people who were unvaccinated. Among the 12,234 COVID-19 deaths across L.A. County during this period, 99.8% were among unvaccinated people.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 10 new deaths and 314 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 10 new deaths reported today, seven people that passed away were between the ages of 65 and 79 and one person who died was between the ages of 50 and 64. Two deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach.
To date, Public Health identified 1,248,415 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,465 deaths. There are 234 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 27% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 6,983,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. The County’s daily test positivity rate is 0.74% and the daily average case rate is 1.74 cases per 100,000 people.
After a period of persistent declines in many metrics, L.A. County is starting to see small increases in cases, hospitalizations, and daily test positivity. This is a signal that the virus is still here and that even now everyone needs to be careful to mask and maintain a distance from people outside your households, if not yet vaccinated. The County’s recovery is best supported by continuing to take sensible safety precautions that prevent increases in community transmission.
Although transmission rates remain relatively low, Public Health continues to track the proliferation of variants of concern, because where there are pockets of unvaccinated individuals, these variants can proliferate. In the United States, the Delta variants have become increasingly prevalent among the strains sequenced: the CDC notes that Delta variants account for almost 21% of cases across the country. Public Health is especially concerned about this variant because it appears to be highly transmissible – that is, it is more contagious even than other highly contagious COVID-19 variants.
In the week ending June 12, Delta variants comprised of nearly 48% of all variants sequenced in Los Angeles County. The 123 Delta variants collected between April 21 and June 12 are geographically clustered. Forty-nine of these cases were isolated from residents of Palmdale and Lancaster, and 14 of these cases are associated with one household. About half of the people with a Delta variant lived in a household with at least one other Delta variant case. While fully vaccinated people appear to be well protected from infections with Delta variants, people with only one vaccine are not as well-protected.
As of June 20, more than 10,222,171 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people across Los Angeles County. Of these, 5,734,611 were first doses and 4,487,560 were second doses. Among L.A. County residents 16 and over, 67% have received one dose of vaccine and 58% have been fully vaccinated. Among L.A. County seniors 65 and over, 87% have received one dose of vaccine and 75% have been fully vaccinated.
“To those of you who have lost friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers to this virus, please know that our thoughts and hearts are with you during this difficult time,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We are so glad to be able to gather for food and fun again. Although many safety measures have been lifted, we remain responsible collectively for keeping each other safe. The best way to prepare for the Fourth of July holiday is to be vaccinated. That way, keeping cookouts safe is much simpler: When everyone at a gathering is vaccinated, you can gather outdoors or inside without wondering who would be safer wearing a mask or keeping a distance. However, if any of the guests at your gathering are unvaccinated or immunocompromised, they should wear masks except when eating and drinking and keep a distance from people in other households when indoors. Outdoors, unvaccinated guests don’t need to mask unless the gathering is crowded with other unvaccinated guests.”
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