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8 New Deaths and 515 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

(File: A healthcare worker prepares the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for motorists in a parking lot at the Pomona Fairplex, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Pomona, Calif. Los Angeles County is ramping up vaccination efforts in its battle against the coronavirus, opening 5 large-scale vaccine sites to complement 75 smaller locations and the city-operated center at Dodger Stadium. The new county centers are located at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Cal State Northridge, the Pomona Fairplex, the L-A County Office of Education in Downey and the Forum in Inglewood. L-A officials have ordered that vaccines be available to anyone 65 and older starting Thursday. Photo: Ringo Chiu via AP)

LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health), with support from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, launched the COVID-19 Community Ambassador Program to visibly represent, capture the support, and actively engage the broader community in best practices to further prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County.

Public Health encourages L.A. County residents to participate in the COVID-19 Community Ambassador Program. The COVID-19 Community Ambassador Program is intended to empower individuals with accurate and shareable resources and the appropriate Departmental contacts for reporting concerns.

To become a COVID-19 Community Ambassador, residents view a 30-minute training video, which provides helpful insights on COVID-19 prevention and infection control. Once the training is complete, residents receive a Certificate of Completion along with a free branded community ambassador face covering, a pin, and a COVID-19 Directory Card for commonly used phone numbers in English or Spanish. The program includes additional video training modules, virtual town halls with Public Health experts, and updates on relevant topics such as the COVID-19 vaccine, variants, and guidance for staying safe and keeping communities safe. To date, nearly 3,000 residents are COVID-19 Community Ambassadors.

This program is available to all Los Angeles County residents and there is no age restriction for participation. The COVID-19 Community Ambassador Program does not formally train or deputize residents to take personal action in instances of non-compliance.

Public Health has confirmed 8 new deaths and 515 new cases of COVID-19. Of the eight new deaths reported today, one person that passed away was over the age of 80, three people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, and three people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64. One death was reported by the City of Pasadena.

To date, Public Health identified 1,253,536 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,514 deaths. There are 275 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 27% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 7,076,000 individuals with 16% of people testing positive.

“To everyone who has lost a loved one or friend to COVID-19, our deepest condolences go out to you,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We must continue to work together to improve vaccine confidence and acceptance so that vaccination rates increase, and we reach a level of community immunity that protects everyone. We are grateful for all the residents participating in the COVID-19 Ambassador Program who provide accurate information to their friends and co-workers on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As COVID-19 transmission has increased over the past couple of weeks, it is very important we continue to work together to protect each other and make sure that individuals with questions about the vaccine, have access to information about the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness from people they trust.”

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