Health Officials Warn of Rising ICU Admissions Due to COVID

The percentage of COVID-19-positive hospital patients admitted to intensive care units in Los Angeles County is slowly rising, despite suggestions that the Omicron variant of the virus causes less severe infections, health officials said.

Fauci: US should consider vaccine mandate for US air travel

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said Monday the nation should consider a vaccination mandate for domestic air travel, signaling a potential embrace of an idea the Biden administration has previously eschewed, as COVID-19 cases spike.

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