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5 New Deaths and 226 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

California Governor Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference at Universal Studios in Universal City, Calif., on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Starting Tuesday, there were no more state rules on social distancing, and no more limits on capacity at restaurants, bars, supermarkets, gyms, stadiums or anywhere else. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 5 new deaths and 226 new cases of COVID-19. Of the five new deaths reported today, two people that passed away were over the age of 80, one person who died was between the ages of 65 and 79, and one person who died was between the ages of 50 and 64. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach.

To date, Public Health identified 1,246,821 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,421 deaths. There are 216 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 23% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for more than 6,917,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 0.6%.

The L.A. County Health Officer Order was modified to align with the State on masking guidance, requirements for workplaces to adhere to Cal/OSHA standards, and sector-specific protocols that remain in place for indoor K-12 schools, day cares, camps, and high-risk congregate settings. Currently, Cal/OSHA standards continue to require distancing and masking for all employees.

Masks are not required for fully vaccinated people, except in the certain settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status including: public transit and in transportation hubs; indoors in K-12 schools, child care and other youth settings; healthcare settings, including long term care facilities; state and local correctional facilities and detention centers; and homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers. People who are not fully vaccinated, including all children between the ages of 2 and 12, are required to wear masks at all indoor public settings and businesses including retail, restaurants, theatres, family entertainment centers, meetings, and state and local government offices serving the public.

Everyone can remove their masks outdoors, except people who are not fully vaccinated attending large outdoor events.

The County’s travel guidance was also modified and aligns with State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on travel. Please do not travel if you are sick, you have a recent positive COVID-19 viral test result, or you are waiting for results of a COVID-19 viral test after being exposed to the virus. You could spread COVID-19 to others.

For more information on the County reopening including masking requirements, travel guidance, best practices, and remaining sector protocols, visit: www.ReopeningLACounty.com

“We send our deepest condolences to everyone mourning the loss of someone they love due to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As physical distancing requirements, capacity limits, and masking mandates are now relaxed, ensuring the safety of those who are not yet vaccinated is essential. Workplaces need to offer sensible precautions that reduce possible COVID-19 transmission. This can include providing unvaccinated employees with respirators and maintaining partitions to protect workers who otherwise would be in sustained close contact with others. Until we reach community immunity, public health safety measures including masking and distancing are the tools that can protect those not yet vaccinated.”

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