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2 New Deaths and 135 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

(File: Nurse Helen Cordova, right, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Photo: Jae C. Hong-AP)

LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 2 new deaths and 135 new cases of COVID-19. The number of cases and deaths are likely to reflect reporting delays over the weekend. Of the two new deaths reported today, both people that passed away were between the ages of 50 and 64.

To date, Public Health identified 1,246,436 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,415 deaths. There are 212 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for more than 6,902,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 0.5%. Case numbers and other metrics continue to remain low.

Public Health encourages everyone unvaccinated for COVID-19 to get vaccinated ahead of time to celebrate Fourth of July safely. Receiving the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by June 20 allows for the two-week time period needed to be fully protected by July 4. If the Pfizer or Moderna two-dose vaccines are your preference, it is strongly recommended that you begin your two-dose series as soon as possible to have some limited protection before the July 4th holiday.

Last week, the Food & Drug Administration authorized an extension of the shelf life for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from 3 months to 4.5 months (an additional 6 weeks). Public Health has notified the healthcare community to check expiration dates and update their inventory accordingly since these doses can be used over a longer time period.

“We send our deepest condolences to everyone who has lost a friend or loved one to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As Los Angeles County fully reopens tomorrow, there will be increased risk of COVID-19 infection for people who aren’t fully vaccinated. In any setting, if you are not vaccinated and around people outside your household, your mask offers the best protection against the virus. We continue to get vaccines to everyone who wants one, and to help answer questions and provide vaccine information to those making a decision on getting vaccinated. With distancing requirements and capacity limits in almost all settings lifted, wearing an appropriate mask is critically important for those not yet vaccinated, including the 1.2 million children between the ages of 2 and 12. Unvaccinated adults that are in close contact with others should consider wearing a double mask or a respirator, which offer more protection for the wearer.”

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