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Public Health Monitors Variant Outbreaks, Urge Students to Get Vaccinated Before School Year
By Brian W. Carter, Contributing Writer
Published July 15, 2021

Current numbers on outbreaks of Delta Variant are lower than earlier in the year.

“Over 99% of the COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths we are seeing are among unvaccinated individuals,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, director of Public Health.  “Of the cases reported, nearly 87% were under 50-years-old.”

Los Angeles County is still dealing with the Delta Variant of COVID-19 as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) stated they were investigating 55 ongoing outbreaks earlier this week, which had risen from 44 reported a month ago. These numbers according to Public Health are lower than what was observed in February, but vaccinations are still being recommended at the best safety precaution against the variant.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective and important tool to reduce COVID-19 transmission and the spread of variants like the highly transmissible Delta variant,” said Ferrer. “Getting fully vaccinated is the way we protect you, your family and our community from COVID-19 and the Delta variant.”

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Public Health is encouraging everyone unvaccinated to get fully vaccinated as schools and colleges start for the 2021 -2022 school year. Unvaccinated parties are still being asked to wear masks indoors or in vehicles with others for their safety. Upon request, employers are required to offer unvaccinated employees, who work indoors, with a respirator for voluntary use. Employees should consider wearing a higher level of protection, such as wearing two masks (double masking) or wearing a respirator (N95) when working in close quarters with others. Employers are also required to report any cluster (three or more lab confirmed cases of COVID-19) of worksite COVID-19 cases to Public Health.

As of Monday, July 12, Public Health reported some delays to the numbers of new deaths but stated 1,059 new cases of COVID-19. There were 372 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 with 16% of nearly 7,120,000 individuals testing positive with symptoms.

Public Health identified 1,258,685 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,543 deaths. Cases across the Southland: Los Angeles County shows 11,993,375 cases, Long Beach with 53,885 cases and Pasadena with 11,425 cases.

According to race and ethnicity, COVID-19 statistics show: American Indian/Alaska Native with 2,029; Asian with 57,228; Black with 48,915; Hispanic/Latino with 637,649; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander with 4,291; White with 133,084; those of other race and ethnicity with 100,228 and 209,951 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/

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

*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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