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For Immediate Release:

September 28, 2021

Schools Reopen with Significant Safety; Public Health Advocates Increasing Vaccination Rates to Avoid Future Surges - 29 New Deaths and 1,147 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

COVID-19 school cases among students and staff are declining. In August, student cases increased from about 1,300 to a peak of nearly 2,800 cases the week ending August 22. The number of student close contacts – students identified as a close contact with a confirmed case – increased correspondingly to a peak of nearly 11,000 by the end of August. Since then, both student cases and contacts have decreased substantially; last week, the County saw about 530 student cases and nearly 2,800 student close contacts. Meanwhile, staff numbers have also decreased weekly from their high point of 452 staff cases and 498 staff close contacts in mid-August: last week, there were only 77 staff cases and 19 staff close contacts.

These downward trends are the consequence of the hard work of school administrators, teachers, and staff to implement vaccinations, masking, student cohorting, seating charts, and other preventive strategies, adding new layers of quality improvement to their workdays at everyone’s great effort. These improvements would not have been possible without the support of the parents, students and broader school communities who helped schools implement these safety measures.

Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirms 29 new deaths and 1,147 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 29 new deaths reported today, six people who passed away were over the age of 80, nine people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, six people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and five people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49. Two deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena and one death was reported by the City of Long Beach.

To date, Public Health identified 1,456,275 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 26,047 deaths. As of September 20, the County is tragically seeing about 15 deaths a day, a 38% decline from the month earlier.

There are 908 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 31% of these people are in the ICU. This is a decrease of 126 daily hospitalizations over the prior week.

As of September 11, unvaccinated adults 50 and over were more than 16 times more likely to be hospitalized than vaccinated adults over 50. Hospitalizations in younger unvaccinated adults between 18 to 49 years old were 29 times higher than hospitalization rates for vaccinated residents 18 to 49 years old.

Testing results are available for nearly 8,600,000 individuals with 16% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 1.1%, a decrease from last week’s same-day rate of 1.4%.

Public Health is focused on increasing vaccination rates quickly to avoid future surges of cases. It is still most important to increase the numbers of first dose recipients; the only way to get to community immunity is to get more people vaccinated who have not yet received their first dose.

"We grieve alongside everyone who has suffered the loss of friends and families during this extraordinarily difficult time. Our prayers and hearts are with you,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “I stress the importance of getting ahead of future surges. It is not inevitable that we continue to experience these cycles of scary increases in cases. The entire premise of community immunity is to get enough people vaccinated to leave little room for virus transmission. To accomplish this, we each need to think about our own role differently. We are living during a raging, worldwide, deadly pandemic that can be most quickly ended with very high rates of vaccination coverage. These times ask each of us to step up to protect the health and the lives of our co-workers, neighbors, and those most vulnerable. My hope is that those who are being asked to get vaccinated now take to heart this opportunity to get us to the end of the pandemic.”

As of September 23, 92% of L.A. County residents 65 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 78% of residents 16 and over and 77% of residents 12 and over. Sixty-nine percent of residents 12 and over have been fully vaccinated. Sixty-seven percent of L.A. County teens between the ages of 12 and 17 received at least one dose and 58% are fully vaccinated. Out of the nearly 10.3 million L.A. County residents, including those who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, 66% have received at least one dose, and 59% are fully vaccinated.

Last Friday, September 24, the County began administering booster doses as well as the additional doses administered to immunocompromised people. Although the numbers are not yet complete, Public Health received reports that nearly 14,500 boosters or additional doses were administered between September 24 and September 26. Countywide, nearly 92,000 additional/booster doses have been administered by L.A. County providers.

L.A. County continues to offer vaccines at more than 1,300 sites countywide and through the deployment of more than 400 mobile vaccination teams each week to make it as easy as possible for eligible L.A. County residents to get vaccinated. Over 700 fixed sites and almost all mobile team sites offer Pfizer vaccines, including first, second and third doses.

Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status. Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated. Boosters are available for eligible individuals at all sites offering the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments are not needed at all Public Health vaccination sites where first, second, and third doses are available.

Los Angeles County residents eligible for a booster dose of Pfizer include the following groups of people who received the second of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are either:

While you don’t need an appointment at many places to get a first, second or third dose, it is very easy to make an appointment. You can go to MyTurn or to www.VaccinateLACounty.com to make an appointment.

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.

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

1456275

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

1379549

-- Long Beach

63547

-- Pasadena

13179

Deaths

26047

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

24671

-- Long Beach

1015

-- Pasadena

361

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

- 0 to 4

36069

- 5 to 11

75649

- 12 to 17

86680

- 18 to 29

328430

- 30 to 49

458547

- 50 to 64

255168

- 65 to 79

101699

- over 80

36487

- Under Investigation

820

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

- Female

695837

- Male

652725

- Other

736

- Under Investigation

30251

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

2331

- Asian

65761

- Black

65682

- Hispanic/Latino

713430

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

5065

- White

167815

- Other

116995

- Under Investigation

242470

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)

102088

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

53

- Asian

3261

- Black

2136

- Hispanic/Latino

13116

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

84

- White

5757

- Other

213

- Under Investigation

51

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

1393

6670

City of Alhambra

8044

9275

City of Arcadia

3308

5728

City of Artesia

2419

14403

City of Avalon

31

801

City of Azusa

7297

14582

City of Baldwin Park

14499

18887

City of Bell

7472

20566

City of Bell Gardens

9007

20912

City of Bellflower

12775

16434

City of Beverly Hills

3561

10316

City of Bradbury

42

3929

City of Burbank

10966

10231

City of Calabasas

1729

7108

City of Carson

11843

12620

City of Cerritos

3672

7334

City of Claremont

2764

7576

City of Commerce*

2683

20529

City of Compton

19419

19438

City of Covina

7557

15412

City of Cudahy

5336

21916

City of Culver City

2864

7184

City of Diamond Bar

3929

6831

City of Downey

20162

17645

City of Duarte

2723

12368

City of El Monte

18878

16098

City of El Segundo

1044

6219

City of Gardena

7676

12520

City of Glendale

24311

11773

City of Glendora

5828

11045

City of Hawaiian Gardens

2548

17362

City of Hawthorne

12492

14070

City of Hermosa Beach

1514

7697

City of Hidden Hills

133

7037

City of Huntington Park

12254

20600

City of Industry

189

43249

City of Inglewood

16575

14593

City of Irwindale

297

20356

City of La Canada Flintridge

1035

5002

City of La Habra Heights

127

2328

City of La Mirada

5253

10591

City of La Puente

7435

18269

City of La Verne

3481

10459

City of Lakewood

9184

11428

City of Lancaster*

27569

17063

City of Lawndale

4222

12560

City of Lomita

1901

9171

City of Lynwood*

14750

20473

City of Malibu

647

4992

City of Manhattan Beach

2004

5567

City of Maywood

5715

20375

City of Monrovia

3924

10113

City of Montebello

11388

17690

City of Monterey Park

5514

8856

City of Norwalk

18310

17013

City of Palmdale

29046

18272

City of Palos Verdes Estates

652

4822

City of Paramount

11260

20099

City of Pico Rivera

12410

19305

City of Pomona

28678

18391

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

2069

4840

City of Redondo Beach

4009

5836

City of Rolling Hills

79

4072

City of Rolling Hills Estates

422

5202

City of Rosemead

5508

9951

City of San Dimas*

3907

11319

City of San Fernando

5939

24131

City of San Gabriel

3617

8832

City of San Marino

462

3480

City of Santa Clarita

26254

11911

City of Santa Fe Springs

3315

18052

City of Santa Monica

6501

7032

City of Sierra Madre

604

5496

City of Signal Hill

1424

12071

City of South El Monte

3793

18161

City of South Gate

20925

21318

City of South Pasadena

1673

6422

City of Temple City

2712

7439

City of Torrance

9463

6340

City of Vernon

135

64593

City of Walnut

2113

6921

City of West Covina

14973

13834

City of West Hollywood

3543

9588

City of Westlake Village

150

1794

City of Whittier

12932

14791

Los Angeles

594411

14696

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

1352

16484

Los Angeles - Alsace

1825

14665

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

5

12500

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

338

13509

Los Angeles - Arleta

7800

22694

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

1697

11571

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

3528

11335

Los Angeles - Bel Air

547

6490

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

872

6962

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

1257

9542

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

19126

22013

Los Angeles - Brentwood

2085

6736

Los Angeles - Brookside

46

7917

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

852

11965

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

10819

16571

Los Angeles - Carthay

1275

8877

Los Angeles - Central

8320

21338

Los Angeles - Century City

849

6637

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

7139

21143

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

4504

12153

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

646

7044

Los Angeles - Chinatown

919

11457

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

1924

13221

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

1818

11998

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

1827

13211

Los Angeles - Crestview

1275

11216

Los Angeles - Del Rey

2630

8785

Los Angeles - Downtown*

5267

19148

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

4310

10887

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

3722

12709

Los Angeles - Echo Park

1652

11588

Los Angeles - El Sereno

7016

16781

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

639

11187

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

1472

14473

Los Angeles - Encino

4471

9898

Los Angeles - Exposition

437

13139

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

7159

15938

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

365

10139

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

1593

18266

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

10375

21867

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

3988

12619

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

1698

15775

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

7991

13732

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

4475

20809

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

1381

8105

Los Angeles - Harbor City

3170

10905

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

5835

13383

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

218

9049

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

2849

15797

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

8209

21640

Los Angeles - Highland Park

6592

13622

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

2322

16741

Los Angeles - Hollywood

7546

11056

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

2276

7733

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

4589

16079

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

1339

16586

Los Angeles - Koreatown

6276

12141

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

627

13753

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

6420

15211

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

2631

20034

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

2035

13357

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

5745

17624

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

1311

16336

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

3206

11311

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

481

15353

Los Angeles - Longwood

670

15567

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

1472

6812

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

1242

14550

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

200

6402

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

2827

6656

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

229

5252

Los Angeles - Melrose

9894

12734

Los Angeles - Mid-city

1507

10027

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

1407

7823

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

4986

20668

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

3240

13419

Los Angeles - North Hills

10659

17311

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

24649

16278

Los Angeles - Northridge

9155

13117

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

1138

5345

Los Angeles - Pacoima

18982

24659

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

201

5226

Los Angeles - Palms

3364

7667

Los Angeles - Panorama City

15063

20017

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

875

6443

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

7772

18575

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

172

5382

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

845

7719

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

3220

9048

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

513

7820

Los Angeles - Regent Square

326

11727

Los Angeles - Reseda

13369

17449

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

820

17688

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

333

7876

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

9170

11751

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

488

10986

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

8008

9178

Los Angeles - Silverlake

4135

9380

Los Angeles - South Carthay

968

9136

Los Angeles - South Park

8221

21656

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

776

16928

Los Angeles - Studio City

1919

8552

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

10683

20355

Los Angeles - Sunland

2718

13318

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

47

7264

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

18367

22291

Los Angeles - Tarzana

4079

13211

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

5834

14776

Los Angeles - Thai Town

1119

11408

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

734

8433

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

179

13706

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

152

8181

Los Angeles - Tujunga

3550

12765

Los Angeles - University Hills

317

9245

Los Angeles - University Park

4132

15050

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

4578

15252

Los Angeles - Valley Village

2751

11129

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

16731

17953

Los Angeles - Venice

2615

7717

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

3357

19517

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

1715

22398

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

8688

21095

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

12190

23443

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

1181

14061

Los Angeles - View Heights

290

7851

Los Angeles - Watts

8618

20195

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

685

13937

Los Angeles - West Adams

4596

16634

Los Angeles - West Hills

3894

9604

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

3227

8574

Los Angeles - West Vernon

11438

21322

Los Angeles - Westchester

3499

6781

Los Angeles - Westlake

8704

14664

Los Angeles - Westwood

3636

6720

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

8188

22663

Los Angeles - Wilmington

9729

17223

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

6460

12876

Los Angeles - Winnetka

7864

15186

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

6743

9908

Unincorporated - Acton

732

9183

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

388

9331

Unincorporated - Altadena

4000

9170

Unincorporated - Anaverde

176

11671

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

38

3052

Unincorporated - Arcadia

725

9084

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

7537

17758

Unincorporated - Athens Village

1181

24117

Unincorporated - Avocado Heights

1260

18598

Unincorporated - Azusa

2664

16731

Unincorporated - Bassett

2877

19417

Unincorporated - Bouquet Canyon

63

5871

Unincorporated - Bradbury

52

48148

Unincorporated - Canyon Country

1119

14480

Unincorporated - Castaic*

4364

16049

Unincorporated - Cerritos

76

12947

Unincorporated - Charter Oak

0

0

Unincorporated - Claremont

51

7265

Unincorporated - Covina

2703

16071

Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak)

1799

13687

Unincorporated - Del Aire

383

8718

Unincorporated - Del Rey

41

12893

Unincorporated - Del Sur

236

9772

Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands

408

16366

Unincorporated - Duarte

943

21296

Unincorporated - East Covina

44

13374

Unincorporated - East La Mirada

629

11886

Unincorporated - East Lancaster

19

16667

Unincorporated - East Los Angeles

27458

21919

Unincorporated - East Pasadena

238

3717

Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez

3103

20270

Unincorporated - East Whittier

571

10761

Unincorporated - El Camino Village

969

11023

Unincorporated - El Monte

24

16552

Unincorporated - Elizabeth Lake

107

6442

Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone

14977

23147

Unincorporated - Franklin Canyon

1

8333

Unincorporated - Glendora

84

12727

Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights

5985

10702

Unincorporated - Harbor Gateway

0

0

Unincorporated - Hawthorne

353

14041

Unincorporated - Hi Vista

53

4827

Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons

308

21813

Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose

1414

7141

Unincorporated - La Habra Heights

16

2367

Unincorporated - La Rambla

319

15373

Unincorporated - La Verne*

200

9804

Unincorporated - Ladera Heights

550

7778

Unincorporated - Lake Hughes

55

8234

Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles

1872

14407

Unincorporated - Lake Manor

175

10651

Unincorporated - Lakewood

0

0

Unincorporated - Lennox

3905

17323

Unincorporated - Leona Valley

148

8452

Unincorporated - Littlerock

624

15519

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills

143

11025

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom

608

17036

Unincorporated - Llano

54

6157

Unincorporated - Marina del Rey

649

6896

Unincorporated - Miracle Mile

0

0

Unincorporated - Monrovia

440

11337

Unincorporated - Newhall

70

31818

Unincorporated - North Lancaster

186

15526

Unincorporated - North Whittier

1260

15072

Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel

1875

7801

Unincorporated - Padua Hills

12

5581

Unincorporated - Palmdale

125

14846

Unincorporated - Palos Verdes Peninsula

31

4992

Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano

174

8896

Unincorporated - Pellissier Village

189

30533

Unincorporated - Placerita Canyon

4

870

Unincorporated - Pomona

73

3767

Unincorporated - Quartz Hill

1569

12157

Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez

470

17663

Unincorporated - Roosevelt

106

11386

Unincorporated - Rosewood

199

15474

Unincorporated - Rosewood/East Gardena

194

16262

Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez

595

17703

Unincorporated - Rowland Heights

4141

8116

Unincorporated - San Clemente Island

0

0

Unincorporated - San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon

19

2214

Unincorporated - San Jose Hills

3858

19079

Unincorporated - San Pasqual

43

2113

Unincorporated - Sand Canyon

22

7143

Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island

234

87640

Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains*

983

5279

Unincorporated - Saugus

161

103871

Unincorporated - Saugus/Canyon Country

47

13202

Unincorporated - South Antelope Valley

41

9011

Unincorporated - South El Monte

383

21337

Unincorporated - South San Gabriel

1048

11844

Unincorporated - South Whittier

9564

16149

Unincorporated - Southeast Antelope Valley

104

13316

Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch

1638

7813

Unincorporated - Sun Village

1037

17180

Unincorporated - Sunrise Village

209

16127

Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain

134

8082

Unincorporated - Val Verde

416

12572

Unincorporated - Valencia

266

8659

Unincorporated - Valinda

4251

18189

Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills

983

8449

Unincorporated - Walnut Park

3339

20684

Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley

63

4169

Unincorporated - West Carson

2694

12198

Unincorporated - West Chatsworth

4

33333

Unincorporated - West LA

211

22164

Unincorporated - West Puente Valley

1915

19471

Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez

229

16851

Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos

4816

17887

Unincorporated - Westfield/Academy Hills

60

4615

Unincorporated - Westhills

66

7867

Unincorporated - White Fence Farms

358

9720

Unincorporated - Whittier

369

9752

Unincorporated - Whittier Narrows

54

450000

Unincorporated - Willowbrook

7772

22261

Unincorporated - Wiseburn

633

10503

- Under Investigation

17014

These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. 27 cases 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.publichea lth.lacounty.gov , and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/l acounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lap ublichealth, facebook.co m/lapublichealth, instagra m.com/lapublichealth and youtube.com/ lapublichealth.




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