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12 New Deaths, 229 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County and 289 Hospitalizations

(File: People pull up in their vehicles for Covid-19 vaccines in the parking lot of The Forum in Inglewood, California on January 19, 2021. – Five large-scale vaccination sites opened throughout Los Angeles County in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic as California became the first state to top 3 million virus cases. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 12 new deaths and 229 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 12 new deaths reported today, five people that passed away were over the age of 80, three people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and two people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death was reported by the City of Pasadena.

To date, Public Health identified 1,243,522 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,333 deaths.

There are 289 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 18% of these people are in the ICU. This is the first time daily hospitalizations dropped below 300 and is the lowest number of daily hospitalizations since March 2020.

COVID-19 testing results are available for more than 6,740,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 0.4%. The County’s test positivity remains at the lowest levels of the pandemic.

The best way to prepare for a safe Memorial Day holiday and summer is to be vaccinated against COVID-19. When everyone at a gathering is fully vaccinated, you can gather outdoors or inside without any masking or distancing requirements. If guests from more than one household at your gathering are unvaccinated, they should wear masks and keep a distance from people in other households. In these situations, gathering outdoors with at most 100 others is safest, and gathering indoors is strongly discouraged. If gathering indoors, keep the numbers lower, at 50% of capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer. For more details on how to reduce the risk of spread at your gathering, please review the Public Health Guidance for Informal Social Gatherings.

“We wish healing and peace to everyone mourning the passing of a loved one to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Week to week, increasing uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in L.A. County has helped keep numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths low. If you are not yet vaccinated or unable to get vaccinated, it is very important that you continue to wear a mask and maintain distance when around others not in your household and for those eligible for vaccination, the most powerful protection you can have is the vaccine, so please consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.”

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