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L.A. County Sees Increasing Community Spread with Nearly 2,000 New COVID-19 Cases as Masking Indoors Becomes Effective Tomorrow Night

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues to see alarming trends of increased community spread as Public Health confirms 1,902 new cases of COVID-19.

As of July 9, 2021, the 7-day daily average case rate is 8.2 per 100,000, up from 7.1, indicating sustained and increased community transmission. This number will continue to increase with each day that the number of cases reported is higher the previous day.

Cases are highest and rising the fastest in adults age 18 to 49 years old. Of the new cases reported by Public Health today, 71% are among adults 18 to 49 years old.

There are 452 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized; a doubling from the 216 hospitalizations reported a month ago.

Today’s test positivity rate is 3.8%. In early-June, test positivity was near 0.4%.

Public Health strongly urges those that are eligible and not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated now. Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 lowers your risk of infection, and more significantly lowers your chance of being hospitalized or dying if you do get infected. The risk of increased spread is highest among individuals that remain unvaccinated. The more COVID-19 spreads, the more opportunities it has to mutate – and the more COVID-19 mutates, the greater the chance there may be another variant that can spread even more quickly or cause more harm to the people it infects.

Wearing a mask when indoors reduces the risk of both getting and transmitting the virus. The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order has been modified to require masking for everyone while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Despite the very low percentage of fully vaccinated people that have gotten infected since vaccinations started in December 2020, a total of 4,122 cases out of 4,769,828 fully vaccinated people (~0.09%) have been reported, as of July 13, 2021. While this is a small percentage, it is not an insignificant number in light of Los Angeles County's current substantial and increasing community transmission. It demonstrates that even with highly effective vaccines, there is still potential for breakthrough infections that can put everyone at risk - including those who are unable to be vaccinated. So, masking by all indoors can reduce everyone’s risk of infection and the risk of transmission to others if infected.

The modified Order has been issued today and will take effect on Saturday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m. Some exceptions will apply, similar to masking requirements that were in place prior to the June 15 reopening.

To date, Public Health identified 1,264,450 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,568 deaths. Of the six new deaths reported today, one person that passed away was over the age of 80, one person who passed was between the ages of 65 and 79, two people who passed were between the ages of 50 and 64 and, one person who passed was between the ages of 30 and 49. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach. Testing results are available for more than 7,155,000 individuals with 16% of people testing positive.

"Our hearts go out to everyone grieving a family member, a friend, a coworker, who has passed away from or currently hospitalized for COVID-19,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “We thank the millions of residents that are vaccinated and the schools and businesses that continue to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. We have all seen COVID-19 spread very fast in just a small amount time. The alarming increases in cases, positivity rates and the increase in hospitalizations signals immediate action must be taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. Otherwise, we may quickly see more devastating illness and death among the millions of residents. Without physical distancing and capacity limits during a time of substantial community spread, masking by everyone indoors is a simple and effective action we all can take to lower risk of transmission while limiting disruption to normal business capacity and operations. The urgency to get more people vaccinated remains high with this level of spread. For everyone whose eligible and still waiting to get vaccinated, the time do it is now.”

Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated against COVID-19. To make it as easy as possible for eligible L.A. County residents to get vaccinated, L.A. County continues to offer vaccines at many different sites across the county. This week, there are 771 sites offering vaccinations including pharmacies, clinics, community sites, and hospitals and 286 sites where mobile teams will be offering vaccinations, which are concentrated in higher-need, harder hit areas. You can obtain vaccines at County-run sites, all the LA city-run sites, almost all mobile sites, and many community sites without an appointment. Many sites are open on weekends and have evening hours.

Beginning today, Friday, July 17 through next Thursday, July 22 at County-run vaccination sites, LA City sites, and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center sites, everyone 18 and older coming to get a vaccine will have an opportunity to win one of seven packages of tickets to family fun at the Staples Center, including performances by the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney on Ice, and the Gold Over America tour starring Simone Biles.

To find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

COVID-19 Sector Protocols, Best Practices, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Laboratory Confirmed Total Cases 1264450*

  • Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas) 1198656
  • Long Beach 54294
  • Pasadena 11500

Deaths 24568

  • Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas) 23269
  • Long Beach 948
  • Pasadena 351

Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

  • 0 to 4: 298899
  • 5 to 11: 57442
  • 12 to 17: 71652
  • 18 to 29: 284597
  • 30 to 49: 3981878
  • 50 to 64: 229764
  • 65 to 79: 91588
  • over 80: 33410
  • Under Investigation 680

Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

  • Female: 607634
  • Male: 568261
  • Other: 656
  • Under Investigation 22105

Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

  • American Indian/Alaska Native 2040
  • Asian: 57469
  • Black: 49602
  • Hispanic/Latino: 639052
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 4307
  • White: 134111
  • Other: 100979
  • Under Investigation: 211096

Hospitalization

  • Hospitalized (Ever) 91578

Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

  • American Indian/Alaska Native 52
  • Asian 3169
  • Black 1932
  • Hispanic/Latino 12497
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 68
  • White 5362
  • Other 156
  • Under Investigation 33