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5 New Deaths and 172 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

(A healthcare worker checks the temperature of a person in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the parking lot at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., as Los Angeles County launches five large capacity vaccination sites on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Officials expect to administer 4,000 vaccines a day when the process smooths over. Photo: Trevor Stamp)

LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 5 new deaths and 172 new cases of COVID-19. Of the five new deaths reported today, three people that passed away were over the age of 80, one person who died was between the ages of 50 and 64, and one person who died was between the ages of 30 and 49.

To date, Public Health identified 1,247,899 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,445 deaths. There are 220 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for more than 6,964,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 0.8%.

Cases among pregnant women in L.A. County have dropped significantly and remain low. During the surge in December, weekly cases increased to over 600 cases a week. During the week ending on June 6, there were 8 cases reported among pregnant women. As of June 15, there have been a total of 12 deaths among 9,430 pregnant women who tested positive for COVID-19. Seventy-eight percent of pregnant women testing positive for COVID-19 are Latina/Latinx, 10% are White, 5% are African American/Black, 4% are Asian. Among the 8,878 births where there was testing information, 55 infants tested positive for the virus.

Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding can choose to get vaccinated with any of the three COVID-19 vaccines. If you are an expecting mom or new mom and have questions about getting vaccinated, speak with your healthcare provider. While a conversation with your healthcare provider may be helpful, it is not required prior to vaccination.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recent reports have shown that breastfeeding women who received COVID-19 mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could help protect their babies. More research is needed to determine what protection these antibodies may provide to the baby.

“Our hearts go out to everyone grieving the loss of someone they love due to COVID-19. We wish you healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Since physical distancing requirements and capacity limitations were lifted, unvaccinated people should always wear a mask when indoors at worksites, public places and events. COVID-19 continues to spread among unvaccinated people with almost all new cases, hospitalizations and deaths occurring among those not fully vaccinated. While vaccinated people are well protected against COVID-19, those not yet vaccinated will need to use standard public health practices, including masking and distancing, to decrease their exposure to COVID-19.”

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