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Business Compliance Essential to Keeping Low and Stable COVID-19 Case Numbers in Los Angeles County

15 New Deaths and 306 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County
(File: People pull up in their vehicles for Covid-19 vaccines in the parking lot of The Forum in Inglewood, California on January 19, 2021. – Five large-scale vaccination sites opened throughout Los Angeles County in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic as California became the first state to top 3 million virus cases. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES:- Today, Public Health has confirmed 15 new deaths and 306 new cases of confirmed COVID-19 in L.A. County. In total, Public Health has identified 1,237,235 cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and 24,088 deaths.

Of the 15 new deaths reported today, five people that passed away were over the age of 80, six people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 and four people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old.

There are 347 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 22% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 6,634,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 0.4%.

Since the yellow tier requirements for reopening went into effect last week, Public Health inspectors have followed up to ensure businesses are following the health safety protocols. Last weekend, inspectors visited 304 restaurants and issued only one citation. Inspectors also visited 29 bars, 13 breweries, wineries, or tasting rooms, 27 retail sales establishments, 51 gyms and fitness centers, 77 hair salons or barbershops, 99 food markets, and 86 personal care businesses, and overall found very good compliance with the health officer order. Inspectors will be out in full force again this weekend visiting businesses and ensuring compliance with safety protocols.

“We know there are people across our community who have suffered tremendous loss. For those of you mourning the passing of a loved one, we wish you healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As more sectors and businesses open, and capacity increases at indoor activities, it’s very important that we continue to implement safety protocols to avoid transmission and outbreaks. At this point in time, everyone needs to adhere to required Cal/OSHA distancing and masking at all workplaces. State and county directives require that everyone wear a mask when at businesses and in crowded venues. With just 40% of LA County residents fully vaccinated, public health safety measures, including masking, distancing, and hand washing, will help us avoid additional cases.”

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