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For Immediate Release:

January 06, 2023

Los Angeles County Residents Returning to School, Work After Winter Break Urged to Test for COVID-19, Mask for At Least 10 Days - 2,101 New Positive Cases and 24 New Deaths Due to COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

As schools prepare to reopen after winter break and more people go back to work, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) strongly recommends that returning students and workers test for COVID-19 and wear a mask for at least 10 days to prevent a spike in transmission.

Public Health officials are asking for the community’s help in reducing the chances of another post-holiday surge and limiting the spread of new COVID-19 strains that could gain dominance in Los Angeles County. An increase in infection rates would disproportionately affect people over 50 and people with preexisting medical conditions or who are immunocompromised. All three groups are at higher risk for serious illness and death from COVID-19.

Los Angeles County currently remains in the Medium Community Level, based on its case and hospitalization rates. As people return to school and work after the winter holiday, they may unintentionally expose others to the disease, increasing outbreaks. It can take up to 10 days for a person who has COVID-19 to test positive or display symptoms of infection.

To limit the post-holiday spread of infection, county residents should test before going back to school or work and upon returning, wear a well-fitting, high-filtration mask indoors for at least 10 days, in addition to continuing to mask in indoor public spaces.

Wearing a mask during the 10-day incubation period for COVID-19 can slow transmission of the virus, minimize disruptions to work and learning, protect the people who are most vulnerable, and help make sure hospitals do not become overwhelmed.

In the past, as new COVID-19 strains have gained dominance, as XBB.1.5 is doing in many parts of the United States, there has been a spike in transmission, resulting in increased hospitalizations and deaths, especially among older people.

Older Los Angeles County residents remain the most vulnerable for hospitalization and deaths compared to other age groups. People age 50 and older accounted for the highest rates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Los Angeles County for the 30-day period that ended Dec. 28. The rates increase with age. Residents who are 80-years-old and older, for example, are three times more likely to be hospitalized and five times more likely to die from COVID-19. Residents ages 65-79 were three times more likely to be hospitalized and six times likely to die than residents ages 50-64. Further, people ages 50-64 were more than five times likely to die than people ages 30-49 (See chart below).

30-Day Cumulative Crude Rates per 100,0001

Age Group

Case Rate

Hospitalization Rate

Death Rate

0 to 4

424.80

18.83

0^

5 to 11

232.35

2.70

0^

12 to 17

301.09

4.31

0.14^

18 to 29

623.51

16.79

0.06^

30 to 49

785.63

26.12

0.44^

50 to 64

838.98

44.38

2.26

65 to 79

1013.11

137.11

13.96

80+

1349.00

389.58

64.63

1 Case rates are for the 30-day period ending January 1, 2023. Hospitalization and death rates are for the 30-day period ending December 28, 2022.

^ Rate is considered unstable if the relative standard error 23 percent or more of the rate estimate or if the frequency was less than 20.

In Los Angeles County, BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 continue to be the dominant COVID-19 strains. However, XBB.1.5 is increasing in the United States, responsible for about 40% of cases nationally and an estimated 9% of COVID cases in California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Given the rise of XBB.1.5 in other parts of the country, we expect we may start to see increases in XBB.1.5 in LA County as well

To keep safe and safeguard others, Los Angeles County residents should stay up to date on all vaccines, wash their hands, wear a mask indoors and in very crowded outdoor spaces, stay home when sick and seek treatment as soon as they have symptoms.

For information on how to access vaccinations and treatment in Los Angeles County:

Vaccinations: Primary series vaccinations, updated bivalent boosters, and flu vaccines are readily available at Public Health sites, pharmacies, and other locations across the county. Seniors and residents who can’t easily leave their home may arrange for at-home vaccinations or transportation to a vaccination center by calling Public Health telehealth services at (833) 540-0473, seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Residents also may visit VaccinateLACounty.com to find nearby vaccination sites, request a mobile vaccination team for a worksite or community event, or an in-home visit if someone is homebound.

Treatment: If a person tests positive for COVID-19 and has symptoms, such as fever, coughing, sneezing, unusual fatigue or muscle aches, oral antiviral medications are available by prescription. Medicines, such as Paxlovid, should be taken within five days of symptom onset to reduce the risk of hospitalization. To get a prescription, contact a health care provider or access telehealth services by calling (833) 540-0473, seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Insurance is not required, and callers may be assisted in multiple languages, regardless of immigration status.

Test-to-treat sites, where tests and prescriptions for medications are located at one site, are also available in Los Angeles County. To find a site, or for more information, visit ph.lacounty.gov/covidmedicines.

“I offer my condolences to those who have lost a loved one to COVID-19. I know the pain is felt deeply and I hope you find peace,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “With XBB.1.5 rising across the country, I want to be aware that very soon we could see the new strain become more dominant here in LA County. I hope everyone will take action to help minimize the impact, especially knowing it will be felt most by those vulnerable to severe illness. Every day I see examples of how people in LA County care for others and this is one more way to do so. We have learned a lot over the past few years and it is important that we all put the knowledge to use to help protect our community.”

LA County continues to report a significant number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

The 7-day average case count in the county is 2,111, a nearly 11% decrease from one week ago when the 7-day average of 2,359 cases was reported.

And over the past seven days, the average number of daily COVID-positive patients in LA County hospitals is 1247, nearly the same as last week when the average number of COVID-positive patients per day was 1207.

The county is currently reporting an average of 20 deaths per day, about a 20% increase from the average of 16 deaths reported per day a week ago.

Today, Public Health reported 24 additional deaths and 2,101 new positive cases.

To date, the total number of deaths in L.A. County is 34,807. There are 1,212 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized.

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:

· COVID-19 Daily Data (cases, deaths, testing, testing positivity rate, mortality rate, and hospitalizations)

· COVID-19 Locations & Demographics (data by demographic characteristics and geography, active outbreaks, and citations)

· COVID-19 Response Plan

· COVID-19 Vaccinations

· Skilled Nursing Facility Metrics

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:

· http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

California Department of Public Health:

· https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx

· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

· Spanish https://espanol.cdc.gov/enes/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

· World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

· LA County residents can also call 2-1-1

Cases through 12:00pm 1/5/2022

Total Cases

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

3,646,917

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

3,448,737

-- Long Beach

159,382

-- Pasadena

38,798

Deaths

34,807

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

33,013

-- Long Beach

1,356

-- Pasadena

438

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

- 0 to 4

108,678

- 5 to 11

279,632

- 12 to 17

274,413

- 18 to 29

744,258

- 30 to 49

1,108,495

- 50 to 64

595,101

- 65 to 79

250,229

- over 80

85,498

- Under Investigation

2,433

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

- Female

1,776,481

- Male

1,582,519

- Other

1,712

- Under Investigation

88,025

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

6,556

- Asian

254,565

- Black

179,714

- Hispanic/Latino

1,480,903

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

17,404

- White

475,142

- Other

394,044

- Under Investigation

640,409

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)

167,456

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

77

- Asian

4,248

- Black

3,101

- Hispanic/Latino

16,418

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

114

- White

8,595

- Other

375

- Under Investigation

85

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

6206

29718

City of Alhambra

24658

28433

City of Arcadia

13050

22596

City of Artesia

5770

34355

City of Avalon

286

7392

City of Azusa

17146

34265

City of Baldwin Park

28939

37696

City of Bell

16692

45943

City of Bell Gardens

16825

39063

City of Bellflower

29964

38546

City of Beverly Hills

11213

32483

City of Bradbury

69

6455

City of Burbank

31819

29687

City of Calabasas

5676

23336

City of Carson

33952

36178

City of Cerritos

12845

25656

City of Claremont

9838

26965

City of Commerce*

5725

43806

City of Compton

39369

39407

City of Covina

19682

40141

City of Cudahy

12030

49411

City of Culver City

11370

28521

City of Diamond Bar

13171

22900

City of Downey

45563

39876

City of Duarte

7252

32940

City of El Monte

41704

35563

City of El Segundo

3951

23537

City of Gardena

21294

34732

City of Glendale

58560

28359

City of Glendora

14618

27704

City of Hawaiian Gardens

4901

33395

City of Hawthorne

28756

32388

City of Hermosa Beach

4602

23396

City of Hidden Hills

377

19947

City of Huntington Park

25891

43526

City of Industry

979

224027

City of Inglewood

37646

33144

City of Irwindale

866

59356

City of La Canada Flintridge

4405

21287

City of La Habra Heights

207

3795

City of La Mirada

13761

27745

City of La Puente

15687

38546

City of La Verne

9044

27174

City of Lakewood

26175

32571

City of Lancaster*

62771

38851

City of Lawndale

10336

30749

City of Lomita

5878

28356

City of Lynwood*

30511

42349

City of Malibu

2793

21549

City of Manhattan Beach

7213

20037

City of Maywood

12604

44936

City of Monrovia

11542

29747

City of Montebello

24785

38501

City of Monterey Park

16966

27249

City of Norwalk

41795

38835

City of Palmdale

65620

41279

City of Palos Verdes Estates

2183

16144

City of Paramount

22211

39646

City of Pico Rivera

27263

42410

City of Pomona

63866

40958

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

7375

17253

City of Redondo Beach

15062

21925

City of Rolling Hills

279

14381

City of Rolling Hills Estates

1451

17885

City of Rosemead

14860

26847

City of San Dimas*

10824

31359

City of San Fernando

12542

50959

City of San Gabriel

11049

26979

City of San Marino

2334

17579

City of Santa Clarita

71598

32482

City of Santa Fe Springs

7692

41886

City of Santa Monica

25623

27717

City of Sierra Madre

2307

20994

City of Signal Hill

3968

33636

City of South El Monte

8237

39440

City of South Gate

46310

47180

City of South Pasadena

6093

23387

City of Temple City

10386

28490

City of Torrance

33022

22123

City of Vernon

355

169856

City of Walnut

7315

23958

City of West Covina

38484

35556

City of West Hollywood

10979

29712

City of Westlake Village

434

5191

City of Whittier

30413

34785

Los Angeles

1491619

36879

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

3133

38198

Los Angeles - Alsace

4389

35267

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

0

0

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

820

32774

Los Angeles - Arleta

16576

48228

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

4939

33677

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

9938

31929

Los Angeles - Bel Air

2378

28212

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

3253

25972

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

4114

31231

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

39779

45784

Los Angeles - Brentwood

8172

26400

Los Angeles - Brookside

149

25645

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

2256

31681

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

24751

37910

Los Angeles - Carthay

4220

29381

Los Angeles - Central

16829

43160

Los Angeles - Century City

3626

28346

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

16010

47415

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

12593

33979

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

2472

26955

Los Angeles - Chinatown

2819

35145

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

5182

35608

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

4799

31670

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

5209

37667

Los Angeles - Crestview

3862

33973

Los Angeles - Del Rey

8182

27332

Los Angeles - Downtown*

15772

57338

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

13375

33785

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

9327

31847

Los Angeles - Echo Park

4393

30815

Los Angeles - El Sereno

16615

39741

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

1804

31583

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

3496

34372

Los Angeles - Encino

14819

32806

Los Angeles - Exposition

1238

37222

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

17902

39856

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

1232

34222

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

3709

42530

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

22528

47482

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

10743

33993

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

4032

37458

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

21035

36148

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

9892

45999

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

4618

27103

Los Angeles - Harbor City

9179

31576

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

15376

35266

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

628

26069

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

6062

33612

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

17664

46564

Los Angeles - Highland Park

16813

34744

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

5399

38926

Los Angeles - Hollywood

21118

30940

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

7455

25328

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

11661

40857

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

3086

38226

Los Angeles - Koreatown

15933

30822

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

1557

34152

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

15914

37706

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

6039

45983

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

5624

36915

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

12555

38516

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

2986

37209

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

8523

30071

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

1433

45739

Los Angeles - Longwood

1743

40497

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

6205

28716

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

3134

36715

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

877

28073

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

10599

24956

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

933

21399

Los Angeles - Melrose

25686

33060

Los Angeles - Mid-city

4381

29148

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

4794

26656

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

11674

48392

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

8064

33398

Los Angeles - North Hills

24808

40289

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

57959

38277

Los Angeles - Northridge

25011

35834

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

4884

22939

Los Angeles - Pacoima

38226

49658

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

908

23609

Los Angeles - Palms

11673

26604

Los Angeles - Panorama City

32949

43786

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

3165

23306

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

16042

38339

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

581

18179

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

3338

30492

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

10286

28903

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

2184

33293

Los Angeles - Regent Square

862

31007

Los Angeles - Reseda

31315

40872

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

1766

38093

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

1146

27105

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

25560

32753

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

1276

28726

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

26936

30871

Los Angeles - Silverlake

12946

29367

Los Angeles - South Carthay

3183

30042

Los Angeles - South Park

16670

43913

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

1841

40161

Los Angeles - Studio City

6862

30579

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

22806

43454

Los Angeles - Sunland

6729

32972

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

208

32148

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

41400

50244

Los Angeles - Tarzana

10280

33294

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

13305

33699

Los Angeles - Thai Town

2750

28035

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

2495

28665

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

516

39510

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

463

24919

Los Angeles - Tujunga

8812

31686

Los Angeles - University Hills

912

26597

Los Angeles - University Park

11428

41623

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

10993

36624

Los Angeles - Valley Village

8357

33807

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

37023

39727

Los Angeles - Venice

8978

26495

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

7360

42791

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

3695

48256

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

18381

44629

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

24445

47011

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

2780

33099

Los Angeles - View Heights

1087

29426

Los Angeles - Watts

19316

45264

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

1805

36724

Los Angeles - West Adams

10684

38668

Los Angeles - West Hills

12633

31158

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

11250

29892

Los Angeles - West Vernon

24343

45379

Los Angeles - Westchester

13393

25954

Los Angeles - Westlake

20441

34439

Los Angeles - Westwood

16050

29662

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

21186

58640

Los Angeles - Wilmington

23242

41146

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

16831

33548

Los Angeles - Winnetka

19522

37697

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

20049

29460

Unincorporated - Acton

1969

24702

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

971

23353

Unincorporated - Altadena

11296

25896

Unincorporated - Anaverde

415

27520

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

89

7149

Unincorporated - Arcadia

2177

27277

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

17196

40516

Unincorporated - Athens Village

2762

56402

Unincorporated - Avocado Heights

2688

39675

Unincorporated - Azusa

6256

39289

Unincorporated - Bassett

6080

41034

Unincorporated - Bouquet Canyon

198

18453

Unincorporated - Bradbury

124

114815

Unincorporated - Canyon Country

3667

47451

Unincorporated - Castaic*

9430

34681

Unincorporated - Cerritos

181

30835

Unincorporated - Charter Oak

10

50000

Unincorporated - Claremont

157

22365

Unincorporated - Covina

6114

36352

Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak)

4966

37781

Unincorporated - Del Aire

1190

27089

Unincorporated - Del Rey

143

44969

Unincorporated - Del Sur

689

28530

Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands

942

37786

Unincorporated - Duarte

1968

44444

Unincorporated - East Covina

88

26748

Unincorporated - East La Mirada

1612

30461

Unincorporated - East Lancaster

43

37719

Unincorporated - East Los Angeles

57553

45944

Unincorporated - East Pasadena

425

6638

Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez

6209

40560

Unincorporated - East Whittier

1396

26310

Unincorporated - El Camino Village

2668

30349

Unincorporated - El Monte

0

0

Unincorporated - Elizabeth Lake

282

16978

Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone

29958

46299

Unincorporated - Franklin Canyon

1

8333

Unincorporated - Glendora

195

29545

Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights

16171

28915

Unincorporated - Harbor Gateway

4

400000

Unincorporated - Hawthorne

746

29674

Unincorporated - Hi Vista

168

15301

Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons

313

22167

Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose

4346

21948

Unincorporated - La Habra Heights

19

2811

Unincorporated - La Rambla

866

41735

Unincorporated - La Verne*

646

31667

Unincorporated - Ladera Heights

2002

28313

Unincorporated - Lake Hughes

200

29940

Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles

4018

30922

Unincorporated - Lake Manor

452

27511

Unincorporated - Lakewood

26

22807

Unincorporated - Lennox

7507

33302

Unincorporated - Leona Valley

304

17362

Unincorporated - Littlerock

1396

34718

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills

356

27448

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom

1312

36761

Unincorporated - Llano

105

11973

Unincorporated - Marina del Rey

2635

27999

Unincorporated - Miracle Mile

0

0

Unincorporated - Monrovia

1097

28266

Unincorporated - Newhall

105

47727

Unincorporated - North Lancaster

507

42321

Unincorporated - North Whittier

3087

36926

Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel

5176

21534

Unincorporated - Padua Hills

36

16744

Unincorporated - Palmdale

264

31354

Unincorporated - Palos Verdes Peninsula

122

19646

Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano

425

21728

Unincorporated - Pellissier Village

365

58966

Unincorporated - Placerita Canyon

24

5217

Unincorporated - Pomona

119

6140

Unincorporated - Quartz Hill

3857

29885

Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez

1180

44344

Unincorporated - Roosevelt

276

29646

Unincorporated - Rosewood

503

39114

Unincorporated - Rosewood/East Gardena

524

43923

Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez

1314

39096

Unincorporated - Rowland Heights

12126

23766

Unincorporated - San Clemente Island

0

0

Unincorporated - San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon

44

5128

Unincorporated - San Jose Hills

7809

38618

Unincorporated - San Pasqual

89

4373

Unincorporated - Sand Canyon

59

19156

Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island

579

216854

Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains*

3820

20514

Unincorporated - Saugus

336

216774

Unincorporated - Saugus/Canyon Country

124

34831

Unincorporated - South Antelope Valley

119

26154

Unincorporated - South El Monte

745

41504

Unincorporated - South San Gabriel

3102

35059

Unincorporated - South Whittier

21184

35770

Unincorporated - Southeast Antelope Valley

247

31626

Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch

5822

27769

Unincorporated - Sun Village

2117

35073

Unincorporated - Sunrise Village

575

44367

Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain

426

25694

Unincorporated - Val Verde

1199

36235

Unincorporated - Valencia

920

29948

Unincorporated - Valinda

9452

40443

Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills

3477

29884

Unincorporated - Walnut Park

7321

45351

Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley

185

12244

Unincorporated - West Carson

8010

36267

Unincorporated - West Chatsworth

5

41667

Unincorporated - West LA

825

86660

Unincorporated - West Puente Valley

4172

42420

Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez

490

36056

Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos

10560

39220

Unincorporated - Westfield/Academy Hills

245

18846

Unincorporated - Westhills

193

23004

Unincorporated - White Fence Farms

913

24790

Unincorporated - Whittier

962

25423

Unincorporated - Whittier Narrows

76

633333

Unincorporated - Willowbrook

16394

46957

Unincorporated - Wiseburn

1841

30546

- Under Investigation

69230

* --Case and death numbers include cases identified among persons detained at correctional facilities located in the city/community

** --These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation.

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