LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 144 new deaths and 2,110 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health identified 1,200,120 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 21,910 deaths.
There are 1,341 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 32% of these people are in the ICU. The daily number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to steady decline. Last Friday, the County reported 1,886 daily hospitalizations.
Testing results are available for nearly 5,876,000 individuals with 19% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 2.3%.
Of the 144 new deaths reported today, 41 people that passed away were over the age of 80, 58 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, 35 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, seven people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death was reported by the City of Pasadena.
“I send my deepest sympathies to the families and friends experiencing the sorrow of losing a loved one to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As thousands more residents and workers are vaccinated, it remains important to continue to wear masks and keep distance when around others. Vaccines offer powerful protection against serious disease and death for the vaccinated person; it is not yet known if people who are vaccinated can become infected and pass the virus on to others.”
To date, more than 2,415,000 doses of vaccine have been administered across the county. Of those vaccinated, 814,593 people have received second doses. This is an increase of 456,913 administered doses reported over the past week which averages to 65,273 doses administered per day. This includes providers both in our county network and those providers receiving direct vaccine allocations from the state and federal government.
The County’s network of vaccination sites continues to grow and had the capacity for 600,000 appointment slots this week, although we only received enough doses for 280,000 appointments. Next week we are expecting to receive 312,000 vaccine doses, the largest weekly shipment received to date. This allocation will include 53,700 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. With the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requiring one dose, this should accelerate the speed and increase vaccination coverage across Los Angeles County as allotments increase.
The County continues to expand mobile vaccination services to better meet the needs of those in underserved communities. Public Health is also partnering with 24 community organizations, including many faith-based organizations and community clinics, as well as LA Care health plan, to assist community residents registering for vaccination sites.
At this time, healthcare workers, residents and staff at long-term care facilities, people 65 or older, education and childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, and emergency service workers and law enforcement are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Those eligible for the vaccine will continue to be eligible if they’ve not yet been vaccinated.
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