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For Immediate Release:

September 16, 2021

As Vaccinations Increase Among Teens, Case Rates Decline 40% Among Children Over Last Three Weeks and School Outbreaks are Infrequent 28 New Deaths and 2,023 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

While case rates increased among children in all age groups between mid-July and mid-August, over the last three weeks, cases declined in all children age groups by 40%. The current case rate for 12 to 17 year-olds is 132 new cases per 100,000 teens; for 5 to 11 year-olds the case rate is now 141 new cases per 100,000 children; and for children 0 to 4, the case rate is 88 per 100,000 children.

With most of the 1.5 million children in grades K-12 now having returned to in-person instruction, Public Health is encouraged that case rates have not increased. The decreases are similar to the decreases seen among adult residents and occurred as many schools reopened with testing, masking, infection control and outbreak management protocols in place.

With the heightened awareness of vaccine effectiveness, Public Health’s highest priority is to increase vaccination rates among those eligible teens unvaccinated. As of September 12, 63% of LA County teens 12 to 15 years old had received at least one dose of vaccine, and 53% were fully vaccinated. Among teens 16 to 17 years old, 70% had received at least one dose, and 61% were fully vaccinated.

Since August 16, 1,957 schools have reported at least one case to Public Health. School programs reporting one case increased initially from 467 during the first week of school to 562 during the second week of school; reports of single cases have declined over the most recent two weeks of monitoring to 414 sites. Sites reporting two cases remained at a similar level for the first three weeks of school at an average of nearly 250 sites, however the number of sites reporting two cases declined to 139 sites this week. Sites reporting three or more cases have been declining since the first week of school from 441 sites to 127 sites. There has been a 43% decrease in the number of schools reporting three or more cases between the most recent two weeks of monitoring.

In K-12 school settings countywide, between August 15 and September 13, 7,995 student cases and 1,193 staff cases were reported, with the vast majority occurring at LAUSD, which tests everyone weekly. With more than 1.5 million students and 175,000 staff countywide (by last year’s counts), 0.5% of the student body and 0.7% of staff have become infected since school districts reopened. This is slightly higher than the 0.4% rate of infection experienced overall in the County. Given the massive testing of asymptomatic individuals at schools, this very low rate of infection affirms the safety provided to students and staff at schools.

Close contacts that are not fully vaccinated, are subject to quarantine for up to 10 days after exposure to a case. Between August 15 and September 13, 15,655 student contacts and 1,056 staff contacts have been reported, with an additional 22,650 close contacts of unknown status reported, most of them suspected to be students. In total, nearly 2% of all staff and students countywide have been identified as a close contact of a case. Data to date indicates that very few of the identified close contacts have subsequently tested positive. As of last week, among the almost 30,000 people quarantined, 63 tested positive; this amounts to an overall secondary attack rate of 0.2%.

After reviewing four weeks’ worth of data related to cases, close contacts, and outbreaks at schools and with relatively low transmission at schools, Public Health is offering a modified quarantine option for K-12 students exposed to COVID-19 at school under certain circumstances. Schools and school districts are not required to offer a modified quarantine option to their students and may choose to continue with the customary quarantine requirements.

Modified quarantine allows, under certain conditions, an unvaccinated student with an exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case to continue in-person instruction at school during their quarantine, while restricting their activities outside of the classroom. Those who qualify for modified quarantine include close contacts whose exposure took place at school or a school supervised activity when both the contact and the case were masked during the entire exposure period, and the close contacts are not part of a defined outbreak. The exposed student must remain asymptomatic for the duration of quarantine, stay home except for classroom and educational instruction activities, and continue to wear a mask indoors, outdoors, and on the school bus, except for when they are eating and drinking. While eating and drinking, they must maintain at least a six-foot distance from others; this should ideally take place outdoors. Students in modified quarantine must also be tested twice a week during their quarantine: the first test should be on day one through two after exposure, while the second test should be five days after exposure. Modified quarantine ends when a second test done at least five days after exposure is negative. In this scenario, the exposed student can end modified quarantine after day seven.

Today, Public Health confirms 28 new deaths and 2,023 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 28 new deaths reported today, four people who passed away were over the age of 80, six people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, eight people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, eight people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29. One death was reported by the City of Pasadena. To date, Public Health identified 1,439,011 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 25,775 deaths.

There are 1,185 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 30% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for more than 8,414,000 individuals with 16% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 1.6%.

"To the families and friends experiencing the sorrow of losing a loved one due to COVID-19, we send you our deepest sympathies,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Safety at schools is amplified many-fold when vaccination coverage is very high, as widespread vaccination dramatically reduces transmission at schools, after school activities, community events and at home. Vaccinated teens are about eight times less likely to get infected than unvaccinated teens. Vaccinating teens protects the teens themselves and also protects the friends and family members with whom they share so much of their out-of-school time. Vaccinating teens also has the advantage of protecting younger children at school with whom they come in contact and who cannot be vaccinated. And because vaccinating teens also reduces transmission at school, it decreases the likelihood of outbreaks causing disruptions in learning. One major advantage of being vaccinated is that fully vaccinated students are more likely to stay in school after an exposure. That’s because our quarantine guidance currently exempts asymptomatic fully vaccinated individuals from quarantine. Along with our school partners, we’re working hard to ensure it’s easy for teens to get vaccinated.”

You can search for sites vaccinating teens near you online. Visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) to find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more. 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.

COVID-19 Sector Protocols, Best Practices, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, 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:

Total Cases

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

1439011

-- Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)*

1363185

-- Long Beach

62825

-- Pasadena

13001

Deaths

25775

-- Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)

24421

-- Long Beach

995

-- Pasadena

359

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

- 0 to 4

35431

- 5 to 11

73752

- 12 to 17

85215

- 18 to 29

325126

- 30 to 49

453355

- 50 to 64

252645

- 65 to 79

100695

- over 80

36160

- Under Investigation

806

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

- Female

687965

- Male

644817

- Other

734

- Under Investigation

29669

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

2309

- Asian

64931

- Black

64423

- Hispanic/Latino

705968

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

5001

- White

164467

- Other

115770

- Under Investigation

240316

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)

99412

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

53

- Asian

3240

- Black

2105

- Hispanic/Latino

12993

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

80

- White

5691

- Other

211

- Under Investigation

48

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

1369

6556

City of Alhambra

7953

9170

City of Arcadia

3266

5655

City of Artesia

2405

14320

City of Avalon

30

775

City of Azusa

7209

14406

City of Baldwin Park

14359

18704

City of Bell

7397

20359

City of Bell Gardens

8962

20808

City of Bellflower

12649

16272

City of Beverly Hills

3518

10191

City of Bradbury

42

3929

City of Burbank

10800

10077

City of Calabasas

1703

7002

City of Carson

11721

12490

City of Cerritos

3639

7268

City of Claremont

2713

7436

City of Commerce*

2669

20422

City of Compton

19212

19230

City of Covina

7454

15202

City of Cudahy

5300

21769

City of Culver City

2813

7056

City of Diamond Bar

3892

6767

City of Downey

19952

17461

City of Duarte

2689

12214

City of El Monte

18715

15959

City of El Segundo

1016

6053

City of Gardena

7567

12342

City of Glendale

24009

11627

City of Glendora

5752

10901

City of Hawaiian Gardens

2524

17198

City of Hawthorne

12344

13903

City of Hermosa Beach

1468

7463

City of Hidden Hills

127

6720

City of Huntington Park

12142

20412

City of Industry

188

43021

City of Inglewood

16436

14471

City of Irwindale

297

20356

City of La Canada Flintridge

1010

4881

City of La Habra Heights

126

2310

City of La Mirada

5121

10325

City of La Puente

7392

18164

City of La Verne

3424

10288

City of Lakewood

9044

11254

City of Lancaster*

27013

16719

City of Lawndale

4181

12438

City of Lomita

1854

8944

City of Lynwood*

14650

20334

City of Malibu

633

4884

City of Manhattan Beach

1961

5447

City of Maywood

5693

20297

City of Monrovia

3839

9894

City of Montebello

11320

17584

City of Monterey Park

5455

8761

City of Norwalk

18181

16893

City of Palmdale

28614

18000

City of Palos Verdes Estates

638

4718

City of Paramount

11150

19903

City of Pico Rivera

12335

19188

City of Pomona

28325

18165

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

2021

4728

City of Redondo Beach

3923

5711

City of Rolling Hills

78

4021

City of Rolling Hills Estates

419

5165

City of Rosemead

5457

9859

City of San Dimas*

3860

11183

City of San Fernando

5894

23948

City of San Gabriel

3595

8778

City of San Marino

458

3450

City of Santa Clarita

25752

11683

City of Santa Fe Springs

3281

17866

City of Santa Monica

6390

6912

City of Sierra Madre

594

5405

City of Signal Hill

1400

11867

City of South El Monte

3757

17989

City of South Gate

20755

21145

City of South Pasadena

1646

6318

City of Temple City

2676

7341

City of Torrance

9301

6231

City of Vernon

135

64593

City of Walnut

2080

6813

City of West Covina

14807

13680

City of West Hollywood

3490

9445

City of Westlake Village

145

1734

City of Whittier

12805

14646

Los Angeles

587350

14522

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

1343

16374

Los Angeles - Alsace

1804

14496

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

5

12500

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

334

13349

Los Angeles - Arleta

7743

22528

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

1683

11476

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

3480

11181

Los Angeles - Bel Air

540

6406

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

860

6866

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

1241

9421

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

19016

21887

Los Angeles - Brentwood

2042

6597

Los Angeles - Brookside

45

7745

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

842

11824

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

10709

16402

Los Angeles - Carthay

1258

8759

Los Angeles - Central

8254

21168

Los Angeles - Century City

837

6543

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

7070

20938

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

4450

12007

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

628

6848

Los Angeles - Chinatown

908

11320

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

1903

13076

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

1799

11872

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

1807

13067

Los Angeles - Crestview

1254

11031

Los Angeles - Del Rey

2581

8622

Los Angeles - Downtown*

5199

18901

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

4260

10761

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

3686

12586

Los Angeles - Echo Park

1633

11455

Los Angeles - El Sereno

6952

16628

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

632

11064

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

1460

14355

Los Angeles - Encino

4378

9692

Los Angeles - Exposition

435

13079

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

7082

15767

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

361

10028

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

1568

17980

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

10277

21661

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

3931

12438

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

1676

15570

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

7899

13574

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

4440

20646

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

1352

7935

Los Angeles - Harbor City

3128

10760

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

5758

13206

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

216

8966

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

2832

15703

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

8135

21445

Los Angeles - Highland Park

6531

13496

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

2310

16655

Los Angeles - Hollywood

7431

10887

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

2239

7607

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

4527

15861

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

1325

16413

Los Angeles - Koreatown

6217

12027

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

615

13490

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

6339

15019

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

2604

19828

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

2002

13141

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

5674

17407

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

1304

16249

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

3169

11181

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

476

15193

Los Angeles - Longwood

660

15335

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

1435

6641

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

1230

14410

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

199

6370

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

2778

6541

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

223

5115

Los Angeles - Melrose

9782

12590

Los Angeles - Mid-city

1487

9894

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

1380

7673

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

4932

20444

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

3201

13257

Los Angeles - North Hills

10553

17138

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

24349

16080

Los Angeles - Northridge

9049

12965

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

1115

5237

Los Angeles - Pacoima

18821

24450

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

197

5122

Los Angeles - Palms

3305

7532

Los Angeles - Panorama City

14914

19819

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

867

6384

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

7742

18503

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

168

5257

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

831

7591

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

3158

8874

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

500

7622

Los Angeles - Regent Square

323

11619

Los Angeles - Reseda

13243

17285

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

809

17450

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

329

7781

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

9011

11547

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

481

10828

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

7856

9004

Los Angeles - Silverlake

4078

9251

Los Angeles - South Carthay

942

8891

Los Angeles - South Park

8150

21469

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

767

16732

Los Angeles - Studio City

1891

8427

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

10572

20144

Los Angeles - Sunland

2679

13127

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

43

6646

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

18210

22100

Los Angeles - Tarzana

4002

12962

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

5785

14652

Los Angeles - Thai Town

1106

11275

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

720

8272

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

174

13323

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

143

7696

Los Angeles - Tujunga

3508

12614

Los Angeles - University Hills

316

9216

Los Angeles - University Park

4077

14849

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

4520

15059

Los Angeles - Valley Village

2713

10975

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

16530

17737

Los Angeles - Venice

2558

7549

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

3304

19209

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

1695

22137

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

8617

20922

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

12087

23245

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

1172

13954

Los Angeles - View Heights

283

7661

Los Angeles - Watts

8536

20003

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

679

13815

Los Angeles - West Adams

4563

16515

Los Angeles - West Hills

3830

9446

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

3178

8444

Los Angeles - West Vernon

11351

21160

Los Angeles - Westchester

3425

6637

Los Angeles - Westlake

8625

14531

Los Angeles - Westwood

3564

6587

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

7783

21542

Los Angeles - Wilmington

9635

17057

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

6418

12793

Los Angeles - Winnetka

7783

15029

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

6618

9724

Unincorporated - Acton

688

8631

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

378

9091

Unincorporated - Altadena

3954

9065

Unincorporated - Anaverde

170

11273

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

37

2972

Unincorporated - Arcadia

716

8971

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

7444

17539

Unincorporated - Athens Village

1173

23953

Unincorporated - Avocado Heights

1254

18509

Unincorporated - Azusa

2625

16486

Unincorporated - Bassett

2858

19289

Unincorporated - Bouquet Canyon

62

5778

Unincorporated - Bradbury

52

48148

Unincorporated - Canyon Country

1100

14234

Unincorporated - Castaic*

4297

15803

Unincorporated - Cerritos

76

12947

Unincorporated - Charter Oak

0

0

Unincorporated - Claremont

50

7123

Unincorporated - Covina

2666

15851

Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak)

1772

13481

Unincorporated - Del Aire

381

8673

Unincorporated - Del Rey

41

12893

Unincorporated - Del Sur

227

9400

Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands

404

16205

Unincorporated - Duarte

939

21206

Unincorporated - East Covina

44

13374

Unincorporated - East La Mirada

620

11716

Unincorporated - East Lancaster

19

16667

Unincorporated - East Los Angeles

27254

21756

Unincorporated - East Pasadena

237

3701

Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez

3083

20140

Unincorporated - East Whittier

565

10648

Unincorporated - El Camino Village

958

10898

Unincorporated - El Monte

24

16552

Unincorporated - Elizabeth Lake

99

5960

Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone

14879

22995

Unincorporated - Franklin Canyon

1

8333

Unincorporated - Glendora

83

12576

Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights

5924

10593

Unincorporated - Harbor Gateway

0

0

Unincorporated - Hawthorne

349

13882

Unincorporated - Hi Vista

53

4827

Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons

302

21388

Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose

1382

6979

Unincorporated - La Habra Heights

16

2367

Unincorporated - La Rambla

312

15036

Unincorporated - La Verne*

193

9461

Unincorporated - Ladera Heights

547

7736

Unincorporated - Lake Hughes

51

7635

Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles

1852

14253

Unincorporated - Lake Manor

174

10590

Unincorporated - Lakewood

0

0

Unincorporated - Lennox

3881

17217

Unincorporated - Leona Valley

144

8224

Unincorporated - Littlerock

614

15270

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills

142

10948

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom

600

16811

Unincorporated - Llano

54

6157

Unincorporated - Marina del Rey

640

6801

Unincorporated - Miracle Mile

0

0

Unincorporated - Monrovia

434

11183

Unincorporated - Newhall

70

31818

Unincorporated - North Lancaster

183

15275

Unincorporated - North Whittier

1246

14904

Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel

1848

7688

Unincorporated - Padua Hills

12

5581

Unincorporated - Palmdale

122

14489

Unincorporated - Palos Verdes Peninsula

31

4992

Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano

167

8538

Unincorporated - Pellissier Village

189

30533

Unincorporated - Placerita Canyon

4

870

Unincorporated - Pomona

72

3715

Unincorporated - Quartz Hill

1518

11762

Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez

467

17550

Unincorporated - Roosevelt

103

11063

Unincorporated - Rosewood

198

15397

Unincorporated - Rosewood/East Gardena

192

16094

Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez

587

17465

Unincorporated - Rowland Heights

4092

8020

Unincorporated - San Clemente Island

0

0

Unincorporated - San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon

18

2098

Unincorporated - San Jose Hills

3826

18921

Unincorporated - San Pasqual

43

2113

Unincorporated - Sand Canyon

22

7143

Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island

225

84270

Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains*

963

5172

Unincorporated - Saugus

160

103226

Unincorporated - Saugus/Canyon Country

46

12921

Unincorporated - South Antelope Valley

41

9011

Unincorporated - South El Monte

381

21226

Unincorporated - South San Gabriel

1026

11596

Unincorporated - South Whittier

9465

15982

Unincorporated - Southeast Antelope Valley

102

13060

Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch

1601

7636

Unincorporated - Sun Village

1029

17048

Unincorporated - Sunrise Village

209

16127

Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain

132

7961

Unincorporated - Val Verde

412

12451

Unincorporated - Valencia

262

8529

Unincorporated - Valinda

4216

18039

Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills

962

8268

Unincorporated - Walnut Park

3325

20597

Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley

63

4169

Unincorporated - West Carson

2655

12021

Unincorporated - West Chatsworth

4

33333

Unincorporated - West LA

215

22584

Unincorporated - West Puente Valley

1896

19278

Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez

226

16630

Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos

4768

17708

Unincorporated - Westfield/Academy Hills

56

4308

Unincorporated - Westhills

63

7509

Unincorporated - White Fence Farms

347

9422

Unincorporated - Whittier

364

9619

Unincorporated - Whittier Narrows

54

450000

Unincorporated - Willowbrook

7645

21897

Unincorporated - Wiseburn

624

10353

- Under Investigation

16717

These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. 85 cases and 1 death 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.

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