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For Immediate Release:

June 19, 2021

Public Health Tracking COVID-19 Variants Including the More Contagious and Potent Delta Variant- 9 New Deaths and 255 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 9 new deaths and 255 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 9 new deaths reported today, two people that passed away were over the age of 80, one person who died was between the ages of 65 and 79 and six people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64. To date, Public Health identified 1,247,361 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,439 deaths. There are 219 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 20% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for over 6,944,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Today's daily test positivity rate is 0.7%.

While our transmission rates remain reassuringly low, Public Health continues to track the proliferation of variants of concern, because where there are pockets of unvaccinated individuals, these variants can proliferate. Of particular interest is the Delta variants, formerly known as Indian variants. These and their related Kappa variants are the ones involved in the massive outbreaks in India, in the recent surge of cases in the U.K., and in ongoing outbreaks elsewhere worldwide. It appears the Delta variant is highly transmissible, and more contagious even than other highly contagious COVID variants.

Public Health reviews the data identified by both the Public Health Lab and a group of other California laboratories from over 6,500 specimens linked with L.A. County residents. In early April, we started seeing small numbers of Delta variants and a scant few of their related Kappa variants. Over the past few weeks, we have begun to see an increase in Delta variants as a proportion of variants of concern obtained by sequencing.

Between late April and early June, 64 cases of Delta-variant COVID infections were identified among residents of L.A. County, with most of them identified in the last few weeks. Much of the transmission of this variant appears to be occurring within households: 34 of the 64 cases live in a household with one or more other Delta variant cases.

COVID-19 vaccines show to offer protection against most COVID variants circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant.

“So many have lost loved ones and friends to COVID-19, and we mourn with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers every day,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “The science and the data are clear, vaccines are the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 and the Delta variant. This is such good news; after 16 months of enormous upheaval and loss in our County, we can now share a genuine sense of hope. I want to encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as you are able; vaccinations remain widely available throughout L.A. County.”

Everyone traveling this holiday weekend is urged to follow all national public health travel, testing, and quarantine guidelines. Please do not travel if you are sick, you have a recent positive COVID-19 viral test result, or you are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 viral test after being exposed to the virus.

Workplaces remain under the current Cal/OSHA standards, which now allows most fully vaccinated employees to stop wearing masks. Masks are required for all workers in public transit and at transportation hubs, K-12 schools, child care sites, children’s camps, youth serving programs, health care facilities, state and local correctional and detention facilities, emergency and homeless shelters, and wherever businesses require all workers to wear face coverings. For more information on the County reopening including masking requirements, travel guidance, best practices, and remaining sector protocols, visit: ReopeningLACounty.com.

Now through next Thursday, June 24 at County-run vaccination sites, participating LA City sites, and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center sites, everyone 18 and older coming to get their first vaccine or who brings a first-time vaccine recipient with them to their second dose appointment, will have an opportunity to win one of three prizes: two 17-ticket packages to see Pepe Aguilar at the Staples Center this November, and one VIP Experience for 20 people at Universal Studios Hollywood. Official rules and participating site locations can be found on the Los Angeles County Vaccination Sweepstakes page online.

To find a vaccination site near you, to make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Please see additional information below:

Laboratory Confirmed Total Cases 1247361*

Deaths 24439

Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

Hospitalization

Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

CITY / COMMUNITY** CASES (Case Rate)

These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. 110 cases and 5 deaths previously reported were not in Public Health's jurisdiction. * Means that case numbers include cases associated with correctional facility outbreaks located in the city/community. **Rate is crude and is per 100,000. This represents the number of cases per 100,000 people and allows for the proportional comparison of cities of different sizes.

The Department of Public Health is committed to promoting health equity and ensuring optimal health and well-being for all 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health comprises nearly 4,500 employees and has an annual budget of $1.2 billion. To learn more about Los Angeles County Public Health, please visit www.publichealth .lacounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lacounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lapublichealth, facebook.com/lapublichealth, instagram.com/lapublichealth and youtube.com/lapublichealth.




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