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9 New Deaths and 253 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

(File: A nurse gives a woman a COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 3 at a vaccine site in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles. Photo Crusty: Genaro Molina-Los Angeles Times)

LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 9 new deaths and 253 new cases of COVID-19. Of the nine new deaths reported today, three people that passed away were over the age of 80, four people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, and two people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64.

To date, Public Health identified 1,247,216 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,435 deaths. There are 220 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 24% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 6,936,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 0.7%.

Cases at skilled nursing facilities dropped significantly since staff and residents have been vaccinated and continue to remain low. For the week ending June 5, nearly 40,000 COVID-19 tests were completed among skilled nursing facility staff and residents and 21 people tested positive for COVID-19; 8 new cases among residents and 13 new cases among staff; the majority of these cases are among unvaccinated individuals. For comparison, the last week of December 2020, a total of 2,532 people tested positive for COVID-19; 1,423 cases among residents and 1,109 cases among staff. Currently, 83% of skilled nursing facility staff and 82% of skilled nursing facility residents are fully vaccinated. High rates of vaccination are correlated with low case rates among staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities.

“To everyone who lost a loved one or friend to COVID-19, we are so sorry for your loss,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Many people will gather this weekend with family and friends to celebrate Father’s Day and Juneteenth. If you’re celebrating the holidays with someone elderly or with underlying health conditions, and they haven’t been vaccinated, I encourage you to celebrate safely outdoors with masks and distancing or virtually. While cases and other metrics remain low, COVID-19 transmission and severe health outcomes continue among unvaccinated people. If your father, grandfather, great-grandfather, or other family member hasn’t had a chance to get vaccinated yet, now is a good time to take them to get vaccinated. Vaccinations remain widely available throughout L.A. County.”

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