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Delta Variant Transmission Rate High Before Holiday, Masks Still Heavily Encouraged
By Brian W. Carter, Contributing Writer
Published July 8, 2021

Public Health stressed the importance of getting vaccinated with Delta Variant positive testing quadrupling in L.A. County before the holiday. AP Photo

The three-day holiday weekend brought more of L.A. County together than previous holidays. Hopefully the public celebrated mindfully, but statistics on the transmission status of the Delta Variant will tell that story. Before the 4th of July holiday weekend, Public Health stressed the importance of getting vaccinated with Delta Variant positive testing quadrupling in L.A. County.

“Whenever we see a doubling of cases and a quadrupling of test positivity over a short period of time, we are reminded of how easily the virus can spread,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, director of Public Health. “The three vaccines we have in the U.S. provide powerful protection against serious illness, and death from all the variants, and the commonly circulating virus. While the most important thing is to get vaccinated, it is sensible when you go indoors to a place and you don’t know everyone’s vaccination status, to put on a face covering to maximize protection for everyone. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must wear your mask in all indoor public settings.”

As of Monday, July 5, the L.A. County Department of Public Health confirmed 2 new deaths and 436 new cases of COVID-19. There were 284 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 with 16% of nearly 7,065,000 individuals testing positive with symptoms.

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Public Health is still asking for everyone to wear masks in indoor settings with uncertain vaccination status to protect the unvaccinated. The Delta Variant is a more contagious virus and according to the Department of Public health, over 4 million residents remain unvaccinated. The public wearing masks is one of the best ways to keep a resurgence from occurring.

Public Health identified 1,252,739 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,504 deaths. Cases across the Southland: Los Angeles County shows 1,187,658 cases, Long Beach with 53,709 cases and Pasadena with 11,372 cases.

According to race and ethnicity, COVID-19 statistics show: American Indian/Alaska Native with 2,023; Asian with 56,979; Black with 48,045; Hispanic/Latino with 635,947; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander with 4,266; White with 131,897; those of other race and ethnicity with 99,481 and 209,020 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

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

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:

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*Los Angeles County Department of Public Health http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

*California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/index.html Spanish https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html

*World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

*LA County residents can also call 2-1-1

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