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COVID-19 Infection Rates Continue to Drop in Los Angeles County, Underserved Communities Remain High Priority
By Brian W. Carter, Contributing Writer
Published March 4, 2021

Despite low infection rates in Los Angeles, health officials are making underserved areas a priority. Courtesy Photo

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has good news as they continue to see a decrease in COVID-19 cases. They have also reported no spikes in cases due to recent gatherings such as Super Bowl Weekend, Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day. There has also been a drop in COVID-19 among healthcare workers according to the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health with numbers that haven’t been seen since the beginning of the pandemic. Health officials are making it a priority to make sure underserved areas receive vaccines and the attention desperately needed.

“To everyone who has lost a loved one or a friend to COVID-19, please know we think of you every day and are deeply sorry for your loss,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Our most under resourced communities in L.A. County have seen the most cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and these inequities are playing out again as we work to vaccinate our communities.

For this reason, we are continuing to develop new partnerships and strategies to make getting vaccinated in these communities as accessible and as barrier free as possible.”

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As of Monday, March 1, the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health confirmed 32 new deaths and 987 new cases of COVID-19. There were 1,578 people with COVID-19 hospitalized with of 31% these people in the ICU.

Public Health identified 1,192,895 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 19,095 deaths. Across the Southland: within Los Angeles County shows 1,130,788 cases, within Long Beach with 51,226 cases and within Pasadena with 10,881.

According to race and ethnicity, COVID-19 statistics show: American Indian/Alaska Native with 1,919; Asian with 51,011; Black with 40,645; Hispanic/Latino with 552,247; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander with 4,151; White with 115,225; those of other race and ethnicity with 107,049 and 258,541 under investigation.

The L.A. County Dept. of Public Health is reporting 1,960,000 doses of COVID-19 administered across Los Angeles County. Out of those vaccinations, 600,497 people have received second doses. In addition to healthcare workers, residents and staff at long-term care facilities, and people who are age 65 or older, as of March 1, education and childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, and emergency service workers and law enforcement are eligible for the vaccine.

“When we think about the last year, we cannot help but reflect on all the fear and tragedy so many experienced,” said Ferrer. “We have also witnessed heroism in the face of this pandemic by our healthcare workers across L.A. County, and across the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all our healthcare workers for everything you have done and continue to do to provide those most in need with the best care possible.”

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

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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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