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For Immediate Release:

July 12, 2022

With Rising Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths, Wearing Well-Fitting Respirator Masks and Getting Tested are Key to Reducing Transmission - 5,170 New Positive Cases and 14 New Deaths Due to COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

With continued increases in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths over the past two weeks, wearing high-quality respirator masks and getting tested are critical steps to slowing the spread of COVID-19, as vaccination, boosters, and therapeutics remain key strategies for reducing serious illness and death.

While LA County remains at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designated COVID-19 Community Level of Medium, the county is very likely to move into High later this week as the rate of daily new admissions continues to increase. Using LA County specific data, as of yesterday, the county was at 8.8 new admissions per 100,000 people. Once the county reaches 10 new admissions per 100,000 residents, the county will enter the High Community Level. Should the county remain in the High Community Level designation for two consecutive weeks, universal indoor masking, in alignment with the CDC, would be implemented across LA County.

Fueling the high rates of transmission is the increased circulation of new highly transmissible Omicron sub-variants. The Omicron variant continues to account for 100% of the sequenced specimens, with a steady increase in the proportions of the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants. To date, Public Health has detected a total of 677 positive, sequenced specimens of these two subvariants – 285 of BA.4 and 392 of BA.5. In the week ending June 18, BA.4 and BA.5 accounted for 40% of all specimens sequenced, which is over 2.5 times higher than just two weeks prior. The CDC estimates that, across the country, as of the week ending July 2 - the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Omicron combined accounted for just over 70% of specimens, a considerable increase from the 39% just two weeks ago.

In both the national data and LA County data, BA.4 and BA.5 both continue to outcompete the BA.2 subvariant and its sublineages, with the BA.5 subvariant increasing at a faster rate than the BA.4 subvariant. With the growing presence of BA.4 and BA.5 in LA County, the number of daily new cases continues to rise. Over the last seven days, the average number of daily new cases reported was 5,706, a 15% increase from two weeks ago when the average number of daily new cases reported was 4,960.

After weeks of high case numbers fueled by highly infectious strains of COVID, the number of people severely ill and needing to be hospitalized is increasing rapidly. Over the last seven days, the average number of COVID-positive patients per day in LA County hospitals was 1,035, a 40% increase from two weeks ago when the average number of COVID-positive patients per day was 741.

Deaths, which typically lag hospitalizations by several weeks are also increasing, with an average of 14 deaths reported per day this past week, compared to an average of eight deaths two weeks ago.

As COVID infections remain devastating for thousands of individuals, it is important to note that COVID is still a leading cause of death in LA County. Since January 2022, over 4,300 county residents have died from COVID; this is more than the average number of all annual deaths from influenza, colds, motor vehicle fatalities, and overdoses together. On average, there is only one death each year from the common cold, and less than 1,500 from influenza.

Given the evidence that COVID is more deadly than both colds and influenza, appropriate strategies are needed to reduce high transmission, since only those infected can suffer the most severe of outcomes from the virus.

Studies continue to show that widespread, universal masking with well-fitting, high-quality masks, remains one of the simplest, most effective measures to reduce transmission of COVID.

One study showed that, in 2020, counties that had a mask mandate had case rates that were 35% lower than counties that did not have one. In fall of 2021, school districts in Arkansas that had a mask requirement had case rates 23% lower than school districts that did not have such a requirement.

Studies show that respirators continue to provide especially good protection. A 2021 study in California found that people who regularly used respirators like N95s or KN95s had 83% lower odds of testing positive than people who never wore masks.

Well-fitting respirators are particularly important for those at elevated risk. Respirators such as a N95, KN95, and KF94 are designed to filter out very small particles, with N95 and KN95 respirators filtering at least 95% of airborne particles and KF94s filtering at least 94%. Respirators that fit well and provide a tight seal on the face provide more protection than a cloth mask or a medical mask.

“I send my deepest sympathies and wishes of peace and comfort to the many families who have lost a loved one from COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Public Health recognizes that when we return to universal indoor masking to help reduce high spread, for many this will feel like a step backwards. It may be more useful to recognize that we have a very rich toolkit that we can use to cope with the uncertainty of the trajectory of the pandemic. All of the tools we have can help us get through different challenges. When transmission is very high, universal indoor masking makes a lot of sense and helps us reduce risk. When transmission is lower, it is appropriate to return to masking recommendations. Thank you to the millions of LA County residents who continue to take care of each other. Your actions make a difference and help protect our entire community from the worst impacts of the pandemic.”

Today, Public Health reported 14 additional deaths and 5,170 new positive cases. Of the 14 new deaths reported today, one person was between the ages of 30-49, four people were between the ages of 50-64, four people were between the ages of 65-79, and five people were aged 80 years or older. Of the 14 newly reported deaths, 12 had underlying health conditions. To date, the total number of deaths in L.A. County is 32,464.

Public Health has reported a total of 3,183,359 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County. Today’s positivity rate is 16.3%.

There are 1,153 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for more than 12,238,563 individuals, with 23% of people testing positive.

A wide range of data and dashboards on COVID-19 from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are available on the Public Health website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov including:

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For more information:

Total Cases

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

3,183,359

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

3,011,695

-- Long Beach

138,773

-- Pasadena

32,891

Deaths

32,464

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

30,758

-- Long Beach

1,287

-- Pasadena

419

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

- 0 to 4

93404

- 5 to 11

262000

- 12 to 17

256722

- 18 to 29

666052

- 30 to 49

966417

- 50 to 64

502073

- 65 to 79

198791

- over 80

64059

- Under Investigation

2177

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

- Female

1540103

- Male

1389142

- Other

1377

- Under Investigation

81073

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

5593

- Asian

206166

- Black

152453

- Hispanic/Latino

1325108

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

15371

- White

406797

- Other

337643

- Under Investigation

562564

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)***

143,091

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

72

- Asian

3854

- Black

2866

- Hispanic/Latino

15721

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

111

- White

7740

- Other

309

- Under Investigation

85

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

5504

26356

City of Alhambra

20102

23179

City of Arcadia

10125

17531

City of Artesia

4769

28395

City of Avalon

65

1680

City of Azusa

15018

30012

City of Baldwin Park

25078

32667

City of Bell

14903

41019

City of Bell Gardens

15020

34873

City of Bellflower

25757

33134

City of Beverly Hills

9866

28581

City of Bradbury

67

6268

City of Burbank

26684

24896

City of Calabasas

4825

19837

City of Carson

29169

31082

City of Cerritos

10398

20768

City of Claremont

8064

22103

City of Commerce*

4893

37440

City of Compton

35302

35336

City of Covina

16204

33048

City of Cudahy

10728

44063

City of Culver City

9253

23211

City of Diamond Bar

10839

18846

City of Downey

39521

34588

City of Duarte

5917

26876

City of El Monte

35920

30630

City of El Segundo

3451

20559

City of Gardena

18392

29998

City of Glendale

50230

24325

City of Glendora

13219

25053

City of Hawaiian Gardens

4473

30478

City of Hawthorne

25023

28183

City of Hermosa Beach

3978

20224

City of Hidden Hills

332

17566

City of Huntington Park

23479

39471

City of Industry

447

102288

City of Inglewood

32308

28445

City of Irwindale

584

40027

City of La Canada Flintridge

3693

17847

City of La Habra Heights

170

3116

City of La Mirada

11768

23726

City of La Puente

13836

33998

City of La Verne

7927

23818

City of Lakewood

21939

27300

City of Lancaster*

54849

33948

City of Lawndale

9039

26891

City of Lomita

4997

24106

City of Lynwood*

26613

36938

City of Malibu

2508

19350

City of Manhattan Beach

6202

17228

City of Maywood

11220

40001

City of Monrovia

9532

24567

City of Montebello

21171

32887

City of Monterey Park

13772

22119

City of Norwalk

36111

33554

City of Palmdale

57177

35968

City of Palos Verdes Estates

1825

13497

City of Paramount

20216

36085

City of Pico Rivera

23107

35945

City of Pomona

55947

35879

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

6076

14214

City of Redondo Beach

12613

18360

City of Rolling Hills

232

11959

City of Rolling Hills Estates

1202

14816

City of Rosemead

12537

22650

City of San Dimas*

9198

26649

City of San Fernando

11252

45718

City of San Gabriel

8927

21798

City of San Marino

1894

14265

City of Santa Clarita

61562

27929

City of Santa Fe Springs

6927

37721

City of Santa Monica

21680

23452

City of Sierra Madre

1860

16926

City of Signal Hill

3298

27956

City of South El Monte

7084

33919

City of South Gate

41343

42120

City of South Pasadena

5110

19614

City of Temple City

7764

21297

City of Torrance

27509

18429

City of Vernon

328

156938

City of Walnut

5894

19304

City of West Covina

33067

30551

City of West Hollywood

9592

25959

City of Westlake Village

335

4007

City of Whittier

26393

30187

Los Angeles

1312646

32454

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

2816

34333

Los Angeles - Alsace

3945

31699

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

6

15000

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

710

28377

Los Angeles - Arleta

14761

42947

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

4117

28072

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

8531

27409

Los Angeles - Bel Air

1925

22838

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

2896

23122

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

3586

27222

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

35576

40947

Los Angeles - Brentwood

7160

23130

Los Angeles - Brookside

123

21170

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

2066

29013

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

22043

33762

Los Angeles - Carthay

3575

24890

Los Angeles - Central

15570

39931

Los Angeles - Century City

3038

23749

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

14270

42261

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

10703

28879

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

2085

22735

Los Angeles - Chinatown

2305

28737

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

4508

30976

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

4105

27090

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

4505

32576

Los Angeles - Crestview

3270

28765

Los Angeles - Del Rey

7119

23781

Los Angeles - Downtown*

13583

49380

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

11253

28425

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

8156

27849

Los Angeles - Echo Park

3904

27385

Los Angeles - El Sereno

14700

35161

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

1561

27328

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

3098

30459

Los Angeles - Encino

12589

27869

Los Angeles - Exposition

1100

33073

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

15708

34971

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

1041

28917

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

3263

37415

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

20540

43292

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

9240

29237

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

3504

32553

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

18234

31335

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

9054

42102

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

4001

23481

Los Angeles - Harbor City

7932

27286

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

13465

30883

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

522

21669

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

5528

30652

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

15988

42146

Los Angeles - Highland Park

14705

30388

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

4712

33973

Los Angeles - Hollywood

18454

27037

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

6423

21822

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

10107

35412

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

2771

34324

Los Angeles - Koreatown

14273

27611

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

1411

30950

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

13748

32574

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

5050

38453

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

4845

31802

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

11128

34138

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

2631

32785

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

7598

26807

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

1226

39132

Los Angeles - Longwood

1479

34363

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

4813

22274

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

2678

31373

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

672

21511

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

9009

21212

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

815

18693

Los Angeles - Melrose

22665

29171

Los Angeles - Mid-city

3968

26401

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

4142

23030

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

10297

42684

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

7167

29683

Los Angeles - North Hills

21868

35514

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

51365

33922

Los Angeles - Northridge

21688

31073

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

4285

20126

Los Angeles - Pacoima

34288

44542

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

802

20853

Los Angeles - Palms

9817

22374

Los Angeles - Panorama City

29236

38852

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

2675

19698

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

14652

35017

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

497

15551

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

2861

26135

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

8749

24584

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

1853

28247

Los Angeles - Regent Square

745

26799

Los Angeles - Reseda

27318

35655

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

1565

33758

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

1033

24432

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

22239

28498

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

1096

24674

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

22868

26209

Los Angeles - Silverlake

11424

25915

Los Angeles - South Carthay

2663

25134

Los Angeles - South Park

15541

40939

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

1658

36169

Los Angeles - Studio City

5787

25789

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

20291

38662

Los Angeles - Sunland

5748

28165

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

151

23338

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

36704

44545

Los Angeles - Tarzana

8807

28524

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

12081

30599

Los Angeles - Thai Town

2469

25171

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

2122

24380

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

397

30398

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

431

23197

Los Angeles - Tujunga

7567

27210

Los Angeles - University Hills

786

22922

Los Angeles - University Park

10187

37103

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

9690

32283

Los Angeles - Valley Village

7054

28536

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

32955

35362

Los Angeles - Venice

7832

23113

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

6598

38360

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

3334

43542

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

16463

39972

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

22721

43696

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

2478

29504

Los Angeles - View Heights

865

23416

Los Angeles - Watts

17138

40160

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

1571

31963

Los Angeles - West Adams

9495

34365

Los Angeles - West Hills

10323

25461

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

9468

25157

Los Angeles - West Vernon

21813

40663

Los Angeles - Westchester

10988

21293

Los Angeles - Westlake

18284

30804

Los Angeles - Westwood

13736

25386

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

17722

49052

Los Angeles - Wilmington

20856

36922

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

14299

28501

Los Angeles - Winnetka

17065

32953

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

17278

25388

Unincorporated - Acton

1665

20888

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

861

20707

Unincorporated - Altadena

9575

21951

Unincorporated - Anaverde

350

23210

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

86

6908

Unincorporated - Arcadia

1742

21827

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

15340

36143

Unincorporated - Athens Village

2456

50153

Unincorporated - Avocado Heights

2402

35454

Unincorporated - Azusa

5333

33492

Unincorporated - Bassett

5158

34811

Unincorporated - Bouquet Canyon

170

15843

Unincorporated - Bradbury

77

71296

Unincorporated - Canyon Country

3016

39027

Unincorporated - Castaic*

8481

31190

Unincorporated - Cerritos

160

27257

Unincorporated - Charter Oak

2

10000

Unincorporated - Claremont

114

16239

Unincorporated - Covina

5323

31649

Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak)

4071

30972

Unincorporated - Del Aire

1043

23742

Unincorporated - Del Rey

114

35849

Unincorporated - Del Sur

608

25176

Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands

813

32611

Unincorporated - Duarte

1644

37127

Unincorporated - East Covina

81

24620

Unincorporated - East La Mirada

1373

25945

Unincorporated - East Lancaster

43

37719

Unincorporated - East Los Angeles

51567

41165

Unincorporated - East Pasadena

349

5451

Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez

5356

34988

Unincorporated - East Whittier

1204

22691

Unincorporated - El Camino Village

2080

23661

Unincorporated - El Monte

53

36552

Unincorporated - Elizabeth Lake

233

14028

Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone

27681

42780

Unincorporated - Franklin Canyon

1

8333

Unincorporated - Glendora

180

27273

Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights

13540

24211

Unincorporated - Harbor Gateway

5

500000

Unincorporated - Hawthorne

656

26094

Unincorporated - Hi Vista

145

13206

Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons

562

39802

Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose

3501

17681

Unincorporated - La Habra Heights

17

2515

Unincorporated - La Rambla

652

31422

Unincorporated - La Verne*

562

27549

Unincorporated - Ladera Heights

1553

21963

Unincorporated - Lake Hughes

172

25749

Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles

3638

27998

Unincorporated - Lake Manor

390

23737

Unincorporated - Lakewood

1

877

Unincorporated - Lennox

6837

30330

Unincorporated - Leona Valley

283

16162

Unincorporated - Littlerock

1259

31311

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills

292

22513

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom

1126

31549

Unincorporated - Llano

106

12087

Unincorporated - Marina del Rey

2019

21454

Unincorporated - Miracle Mile

0

0

Unincorporated - Monrovia

1003

25844

Unincorporated - Newhall

92

41818

Unincorporated - North Lancaster

355

29633

Unincorporated - North Whittier

2630

31459

Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel

4939

20548

Unincorporated - Padua Hills

32

14884

Unincorporated - Palmdale

222

26366

Unincorporated - Palos Verdes Peninsula

84

13527

Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano

341

17434

Unincorporated - Pellissier Village

329

53150

Unincorporated - Placerita Canyon

17

3696

Unincorporated - Pomona

150

7740

Unincorporated - Quartz Hill

3404

26375

Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez

1026

38557

Unincorporated - Roosevelt

234

25134

Unincorporated - Rosewood

429

33359

Unincorporated - Rosewood/East Gardena

454

38055

Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez

1171

34841

Unincorporated - Rowland Heights

10333

20252

Unincorporated - San Clemente Island

0

0

Unincorporated - San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon

38

4429

Unincorporated - San Jose Hills

6848

33866

Unincorporated - San Pasqual

79

3882

Unincorporated - Sand Canyon

53

17208

Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island

693

259551

Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains*

3308

17765

Unincorporated - Saugus

366

236129

Unincorporated - Saugus/Canyon Country

103

28933

Unincorporated - South Antelope Valley

98

21538

Unincorporated - South El Monte

666

37103

Unincorporated - South San Gabriel

2389

27000

Unincorporated - South Whittier

18608

31421

Unincorporated - Southeast Antelope Valley

208

26633

Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch

4892

23333

Unincorporated - Sun Village

1931

31991

Unincorporated - Sunrise Village

455

35108

Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain

362

21834

Unincorporated - Val Verde

924

27924

Unincorporated - Valencia

795

25879

Unincorporated - Valinda

8154

34889

Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills

2992

25716

Unincorporated - Walnut Park

6552

40587

Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley

152

10060

Unincorporated - West Carson

6433

29127

Unincorporated - West Chatsworth

4

33333

Unincorporated - West LA

651

68382

Unincorporated - West Puente Valley

3521

35801

Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez

422

31052

Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos

9026

33523

Unincorporated - Westfield/Academy Hills

203

15615

Unincorporated - Westhills

155

18474

Unincorporated - White Fence Farms

790

21450

Unincorporated - Whittier

819

21644

Unincorporated - Whittier Narrows

67

558333

Unincorporated - Willowbrook

14618

41870

Unincorporated - Wiseburn

1616

26813

- Under Investigation

73730

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