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Cal/OSHA Modifies Safety Regulations, Public Health Continues to Urge Everyone to Get Vaccinated
By Brian W. Carter, Contributing Writer
Published June 24, 2021

Face masks are required for all unvaccinated employees when indoors or in shared vehicles. istockphoto

As of Monday, June 21, the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health confirmed 3 new deaths and 124 new cases of COVID-19. There were 213 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 with 17% of nearly 6,960,000 individuals testing positive with symptoms.

Los Angeles County continues to navigate a reality closer to normal as it celebrated the now federal holiday, Juneteenth. Cal/OSHA has modified COVID-19 regulations for the workplace and unvaccinated employees must take certain precautions. L.A. County continues to make vaccines available to the public through multiple sources.

“Currently, this is a pandemic of unvaccinated people, who are at increasing risk for unknowingly incubating Delta variants and other variants of concern,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect workers and other people you have contact with in your daily life.”

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She continued, “When you’re vaccinated, you’re a lot less likely to catch COVID-19 to begin with – and even if you do, you’re a lot less likely to have enough virus in your system that you can spread it easily to others. Vaccination remains the key to protecting everyone in our community.”

Last week, Cal/OSHA modified safety regulations temporarily for workplaces and eliminates everyday physical distancing requirements. Face masks are required for all unvaccinated employees when indoors or in shared vehicles. Fully vaccinated employees are not required to wear masks indoors at most workplaces. Employers must request document vaccination status of employees to allow a workplace with no masks. Public Health requires masks to be worn by vaccinated and unvaccinated on public transit, transportation hubs; K-12 schools, childcare, camps and other youth settings. Masks are still required for healthcare settings, including long term care facilities; in state and local correctional facilities and detention centers as well as homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers and mega-events with more than 5,000 attendees.

As of earlier this week, there were 767 sites offering vaccinations including pharmacies, clinics, community sites, and hospitals. Also, there were 247 sites where mobile teams are offering vaccinations. The public can obtain vaccines at County-run sites, L.A. City run sites, almost all mobile sites and many of the community sites without an appointment. Many sites are open on weekends and have evening hours.

Public Health identified 1,247,742 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,444 deaths. Cases across the Southland: Los Angeles County shows 1,182,899 cases, Long Beach with 53,525 cases and Pasadena with 11,318 cases.

According to race and ethnicity, COVID-19 statistics show: American Indian/Alaska Native with 2,011; Asian with 56,783; Black with 47,349; Hispanic/Latino with 634,259; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander with 4,244; White with 131,038; those of other race and ethnicity with 98,842 and 208,373 under investigation.

For more detailed information on COVID-19 vaccination plans in L.A. County and to sign up for a vaccination newsletter, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com

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For more information and statistics on COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/

For more information, visit COVID19.ca.gov/vax-for-the-win. To schedule an appointment to be vaccinated, visit MyTurn.ca.gov or call the CA COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255.

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