Los Angeles County Sees Spike in Number of Coronavirus Patients

The number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals spiked for two days in a row, increasing to 672 from 659 on Saturday and 630 on Friday, according to the latest state figures.  Of those patients, 162 were being treated in intensive care, down from 172 the previous day. The latest numbers come as the county reported 1,118 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths, bringing its cumulative totals to 1,493,170 cases and 26,637 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The number of cases and deaths likely reflect reporting delays

COVID Outbreak Among Students Forces Closure of LA School

Students at View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School were expected to undergo a new round of COVID-19 testing today, after a sudden spike in cases among students last week prompted the school to return to remote learning — the first known virus-related campus closure in the county since schools welcomed students back.

Five LA County Employees Sue Over Vaccine Mandate

Five Los Angeles County employees are suing their employer, alleging the vaccine mandate for county workers issued by executive order in August and ratified by the Board of Supervisors is unconstitutional.

LA Police Commission President Blasts Officers Refusing COVID Vaccine

The president of the civilian Los Angeles Police Commission today called on the department’s personnel to get vaccinated, calling it “extremely dubious” that more than 2,000 of them are planning to seek religious exemptions from the city’s vaccination mandate for municipal employees.

LACo Reports 27 New COVID-19 Deaths, 1,725 New Cases

Los Angeles County reported another 27 COVID-19 deaths today, while hospitalizations due to the virus dropped again. The 27 fatalities lifted the countywide death toll from the virus to 25,713. The county also reported 1,725 new cases, giving the county a cumulative total from throughout the pandemic of 1,435,163.

LAUSD Board Votes To Require COVID-19 Vaccination for Students Over 12

All eligible Los Angeles Unified students aged 12 and over will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend in- person classes under a policy unanimously approved by the district’s Board of Education today, making it the largest district in the nation to impose such a mandate. LAUSD Medical Director Dr. Smita Malhotra said during a specially called meeting Thursday afternoon that based on infection and hospitalization data for children, the district — the second-largest in the nation with 600,000 students, about 220,000 of whom are eligible for the vaccine — could prevent 110 children from being hospitalized with the