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Schools Re-Open for In-Class Instruction, Public Urged to Stay Vigilant About Guidelines
By Brian W. Carter, Contributing Writer
Published February 18, 2021

Schools were given the permission to open this week granted they submit a plan certifying that they have implemented safety measures to permit a safe reopening. Courtesy Photo

As the county comes out of two holidays, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues to call for everyone to keep on following guidelines during the pandemic. Even though there are lingering affects from the larger surges in January, COVID-19 infections are on the decline. The L.A. County Dept. of Public Health is still urging for Angelenos to celebrate upcoming holidays and events at home.

“We urge everyone to remain vigilant and take the necessary safety precautions: stay home whenever possible, wear a mask and stay a safe distance from others when you must leave your home,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “This upcoming week, there will be more sites across the county offering first and second dose vaccination appointments for residents 65 and older and healthcare workers.

“Please check VaccinateLACounty.com for updated information about appointment availability and remember to wait your turn.”

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Schools were given the permission to open this week granted they submit a plan to the County Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health certifying that they have implemented a full range of safety measures to permit a safe reopening. Dozens of elementary schools will be permitted to reopen for in-class instruction for students grades TK-6 this week. Also, more sites across the county offering first and second dose vaccination appointments for residents 65 and older and healthcare workers.

As of Monday, February 15, the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health confirmed 29 new deaths and 1,869 new cases of COVID-19. There were 3,092 people with COVID-19 hospitalized with of 30% these people in the ICU.

Public Health identified 1,168,358 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 1,107,421 cases, within Long Beach with 50,284 cases and within Pasadena with10,653. According to race and ethnicity, COVID-19 statistics show: American Indian/Alaska Native with 1,925; Asian with 49,246; Black with 39,242; Hispanic/Latino with 532,907; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander with 4,116; White with 111,314; those of other race and ethnicity with 108,023 and 260,648 under investigation.

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

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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