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For Immediate Release:

February 02, 2024

As COVID-19 Indicators Start to Decline, Public Health Recommends Older Residents Continue to Protect Themselves

Indicators for COVID-19 have started to decline from peak levels a few weeks ago, but still remain elevated, underscoring the need for continued precautions particularly for older residents.

Wastewater concentrations for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are at 64 percent of last year’s winter peak for the week ending Jan. 20, compared to 67 percent for one week earlier. Hospitalizations have also started to decline, with an average of 654 COVID-positive patients in the hospital the week ending Jan. 27, down from 726 a week earlier. Deaths have plateaued with an average of 5.0 deaths per day for the week ending Jan. 8, comparable to the 4.9 deaths per day reported the previous week. Influenza and RSV activity has declined compared to the peak, but both viruses continue to circulate at elevated levels.

Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 Hospital Admission Level, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has remained in the Low Level. Today, the CDC reported 6.7 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people for the week ending Jan. 27. As a result, Public Health is modifying the Health Officer Order that currently requires healthcare personnel and visitors to wear a mask while in contact with patients or working in patient-care areas in licensed healthcare facilities that provide inpatient care. Effective today, masking is no longer mandated for all staff and visitors at these facilities. Healthcare personnel in licensed healthcare facilities who have not received both the updated COVID-19 and flu vaccines must continue to wear a mask while in contact with patients or working in patient-care areas for the duration of the respiratory virus season, which ends April 30th for the purposes of this the Health Officer Order. Public Health continues to strongly recommend that all visitors to and staff working in licensed healthcare facilities wear a mask while in contact with patients or working in patient care areas.

Although major indicators suggest transmission is slowing, it remains important for all residents, and especially older residents, to continue practicing common sense precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19. These include staying home when sick, testing, seeking treatment and getting an updated COVID-19 vaccine.

Older adults are more likely to get very sick, be hospitalized and die from COVID-19 than younger people. For the 90-day period ending Jan. 8, COVID-19 hospitalization rates were four times higher, and death rates were five times higher, among Los Angeles County residents ages 65-79 compared to those ages 50-64. Despite this increased risk, only about 1 in 4 Los Angeles County residents 65 and older have received the newly updated COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination remains one of the most effective ways to protect against the severe effects of COVID-19. At least one dose of the vaccine that became available in September 2023 is recommended for everyone six months and older, even if they had earlier versions of the vaccine, had COVID-19 in the past or are in good health and don’t get sick often.

Because the COVID-19 virus changes over time, it’s important to get the updated dose that was formulated to offer better protection against new strains of the virus currently circulating in Los Angeles County. The new vaccine can also restore immunity that may have diminished over time and lessen the risk of getting long COVID and other post-COVID conditions. Unlike other respiratory diseases, COVID-19 circulates year-round, and we often see increases during the summer. Getting vaccinated now can help protect against viral spread that can happen even after respiratory virus season is over.

The updated COVID-19 vaccine remains free and easy to obtain in Los Angeles County. Residents can visit ph.lacounty.gov/vaccines or Myturn.ca.gov to find a vaccine site near them. Vaccines are also available through Public Health Centers across the County and at Public Health POD sites. A full list of vaccine sites can be found a ph.lacounty.gov/vaccines by clicking the links under the ‘Get Vaccinated’ section of the site.

Residents who are home-bound or have difficulty leaving their home safely can request an in-home vaccination by calling the Public Health InfoLine at 1-833-540-0473 or by completing an online request form at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/vaxathome/. The Public Health InfoLine is free and available to Los Angeles County residents, regardless of their insurance or immigration status, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents can also contact their healthcare provider to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Public Health reports COVID-19 data weekly. The following table shows case, wastewater, emergency department, hospitalization, and death data in Los Angeles County over the past four weeks.

Weekly COVID-19 Data Table

Metric

Date of Weekly Report

1/31/2024

1/24/2024

1/17/2024

1/10/2024

Daily average cases

376

422

462

483

SARS-CoV-2 wastewater concentration as a percentage of the Winter 2022-2023 peak concentration value3

64%

67%

66%

60%

Daily average of the percent of Emergency Department (ED) encounters classified as coronavirus-related

3.5%

4.1%

4.2%

4.5%

Daily average number of COVID-positive hospitalizations

654

726

770

825

Daily average deaths

5.0

4.9

5.6

3.7

Percent of all deaths due to COVID-19

3.6%

3.6%

3.2%

3.3%

All daily averages are 7-day averages. Data for past weeks are subject to change in future reports. Time periods covered by each metric: cases = week ending each Saturday; wastewater = week ending each Saturday, with a one-week lag; ED data = week ending each Sunday; hospitalizations = week ending each Saturday; deaths = week ending each Monday, with a three-week lag; death percentage = week ending Monday, with a one-week lag.

Case data is presented by episode date, an approximation of the date the illness began, and death data is presented by date of death. This is a change from how case and death data were presented prior to July 26, 2023, which was by date of report. Daily average cases do not include Long Beach and Pasadena; daily average deaths include Long Beach and Pasadena.

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/COVIDdataincluding:

· COVID-19 Response Plan

· COVID-19 Vaccinations

· Skilled Nursing Facility Metrics

· Resp Watch: Viral Respiratory Surveillance for LA County

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

https://espanol.cdc.gov/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 01/29/2024

Total Cases

Laboratory Confirmed Cases (includes LB and Pas through 6/27/23; excludes LB and Pas after 6/27/23)

3,866,254

Deaths (includes LB and Pas)

37,311

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

- 0 to 4

118,661

- 5 to 11

286,036

- 12 to 17

280,917

- 18 to 29

773,471

- 30 to 49

1,165,494

- 50 to 64

640,019

- 65 to 79

287,542

- over 80

106,475

- Under Investigation

2,646

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

- Female

1,895,163

- Male

1,674,180

- Other

1,962

- Under Investigation

89,956

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

6,955

- Asian

274,926

- Black

196,186

- Hispanic/Latino

1,550,518

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

18,250

- White

515,320

- Other

424,851

- Under Investigation

674,255

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)

195,586

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

83

- Asian

4,660

- Black

3,308

- Hispanic/Latino

17,109

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

116

- White

9,510

- Other

513

- Under Investigation

102

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

6610

31653

City of Alhambra

26570

30637

City of Arcadia

14418

24965

City of Artesia

6272

37344

City of Avalon

301

7780

City of Azusa

18016

36003

City of Baldwin Park

30522

39758

City of Bell

17327

47691

City of Bell Gardens

17486

40598

City of Bellflower

31691

40768

City of Beverly Hills

12102

35058

City of Bradbury

71

6642

City of Burbank

34193

31902

City of Calabasas

6196

25474

City of Carson

36379

38765

City of Cerritos

14025

28012

City of Claremont

10767

29512

City of Commerce*

5985

45795

City of Compton

41455

41495

City of Covina

20950

42727

City of Cudahy

12423

51025

City of Culver City

12540

31456

City of Diamond Bar

14209

24705

City of Downey

48056

42057

City of Duarte

7782

35347

City of El Monte

43986

37509

City of El Segundo

4275

25468

City of Gardena

22872

37305

City of Glendale

62623

30327

City of Glendora

15719

29791

City of Hawaiian Gardens

5162

35173

City of Hawthorne

30740

34622

City of Hermosa Beach

4943

25130

City of Hidden Hills

401

21217

City of Huntington Park

26806

45064

City of Industry

1069

244622

City of Inglewood

40231

35420

City of Irwindale

911

62440

City of La Canada Flintridge

4798

23187

City of La Habra Heights

216

3960

City of La Mirada

14781

29801

City of La Puente

16385

40261

City of La Verne

9557

28715

City of Lakewood

28120

34992

City of Lancaster*

66475

41143

City of Lawndale

10975

32650

City of Lomita

6417

30957

City of Lynwood*

32079

44525

City of Malibu

3017

23278

City of Manhattan Beach

7799

21664

City of Maywood

13136

46832

City of Monrovia

12352

31835

City of Montebello

26192

40687

City of Monterey Park

18248

29308

City of Norwalk

44222

41090

City of Palmdale

68955

43377

City of Palos Verdes Estates

2404

17778

City of Paramount

23316

41619

City of Pico Rivera

28802

44804

City of Pomona

67452

43258

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

8367

19573

City of Redondo Beach

16452

23949

City of Rolling Hills

318

16392

City of Rolling Hills Estates

1670

20584

City of Rosemead

15779

28508

City of San Dimas*

11463

33211

City of San Fernando

13143

53401

City of San Gabriel

12101

29548

City of San Marino

2556

19251

City of Santa Clarita

77287

35063

City of Santa Fe Springs

8079

43994

City of Santa Monica

28117

30415

City of Sierra Madre

2574

23423

City of Signal Hill

4262

36128

City of South El Monte

8622

41283

City of South Gate

48175

49081

City of South Pasadena

6600

25333

City of Temple City

11147

30577

City of Torrance

36324

24335

City of Vernon

362

173206

City of Walnut

7838

25671

City of West Covina

40852

37744

City of West Hollywood

11717

31710

City of Westlake Village

461

5514

City of Whittier

32162

36785

Los Angeles

1578894

39037

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

3287

40076

Los Angeles - Alsace

4675

37565

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

1

2500

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

862

34452

Los Angeles - Arleta

17392

50602

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

5253

35818

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

10751

34541

Los Angeles - Bel Air

2582

30632

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

3477

27760

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

4371

33182

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

41351

47593

Los Angeles - Brentwood

8831

28529

Los Angeles - Brookside

159

27367

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

2368

33254

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

26163

40073

Los Angeles - Carthay

4587

31936

Los Angeles - Central

17304

44378

Los Angeles - Century City

3958

30941

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

16744

49588

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

13533

36515

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

2692

29353

Los Angeles - Chinatown

3083

38437

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

5498

37779

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

5061

33399

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

5564

40234

Los Angeles - Crestview

4126

36295

Los Angeles - Del Rey

8850

29563

Los Angeles - Downtown*

16621

60425

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

14319

36169

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

9897

33793

Los Angeles - Echo Park

4622

32421

Los Angeles - El Sereno

17392

41600

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

1893

33141

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

3685

36230

Los Angeles - Encino

15870

35132

Los Angeles - Exposition

1332

40048

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

18669

41563

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

1309

36361

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

3904

44766

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

23338

49190

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

11365

35961

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

4351

40422

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

22522

38704

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

10346

48110

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

4899

28752

Los Angeles - Harbor City

9819

33777

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

16277

37333

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

669

27771

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

6303

34949

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

18535

48860

Los Angeles - Highland Park

17770

36722

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

5645

40699

Los Angeles - Hollywood

22422

32851

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

7955

27027

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

12405

43464

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

3256

40332

Los Angeles - Koreatown

16657

32223

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

1642

36017

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

16853

39930

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

6386

48626

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

6015

39481

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

13162

40378

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

3131

39016

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

8885

31348

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

1573

50207

Los Angeles - Longwood

1856

43123

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

6662

30831

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

3386

39667

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

958

30666

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

11547

27188

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

1006

23073

Los Angeles - Melrose

27078

34851

Los Angeles - Mid-city

4674

31098

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

5136

28557

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

12370

51277

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

8459

35034

Los Angeles - North Hills

26243

42620

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

61042

40313

Los Angeles - Northridge

26742

38314

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

5310

24940

Los Angeles - Pacoima

39863

51784

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

974

25325

Los Angeles - Palms

12644

28817

Los Angeles - Panorama City

34610

45993

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

3370

24816

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

16779

40101

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

641

20056

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

3619

33059

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

11156

31348

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

2380

36280

Los Angeles - Regent Square

921

33129

Los Angeles - Reseda

33452

43661

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

1869

40315

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

1225

28974

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

27386

35093

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

1368

30797

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

28972

33204

Los Angeles - Silverlake

13734

31155

Los Angeles - South Carthay

3441

32478

Los Angeles - South Park

17190

45283

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

1929

42081

Los Angeles - Studio City

7376

32870

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

23942

45619

Los Angeles - Sunland

7168

35123

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

217

33539

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

43613

52930

Los Angeles - Tarzana

11045

35772

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

13843

35062

Los Angeles - Thai Town

2900

29565

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

2659

30549

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

563

43109

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

507

27287

Los Angeles - Tujunga

9330

33549

Los Angeles - University Hills

961

28026

Los Angeles - University Park

11845

43142

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

11565

38529

Los Angeles - Valley Village

8890

35963

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

38927

41770

Los Angeles - Venice

9509

28063

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

7763

45134

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

3848

50255

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

19235

46703

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

25142

48352

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

2907

34611

Los Angeles - View Heights

1170

31673

Los Angeles - Watts

20199

47333

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

1899

38637

Los Angeles - West Adams

11398

41252

Los Angeles - West Hills

13618

33587

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

12285

32642

Los Angeles - West Vernon

25396

47342

Los Angeles - Westchester

14533

28163

Los Angeles - Westlake

21524

36263

Los Angeles - Westwood

17495

32333

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

23049

63796

Los Angeles - Wilmington

24386

43171

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

17567

35015

Los Angeles - Winnetka

20733

40036

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

21760

31974

Unincorporated - Acton

2118

26571

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

1043

25084

Unincorporated - Altadena

12358

28331

Unincorporated - Anaverde

442

29310

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

96

7711

Unincorporated - Arcadia

2360

29570

Unincorporated - Athens Village

2912

59465

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

18206

42896

Unincorporated - Avocado Heights

2806

41417

Unincorporated - Azusa

6529

41004

Unincorporated - Bassett

6391

43133

Unincorporated - Bouquet Canyon

222

20690

Unincorporated - Bradbury

156

144444

Unincorporated - Canyon Country

3964

51294

Unincorporated - Castaic*

10152

37336

Unincorporated - Cerritos

194

33049

Unincorporated - Charter Oak

10

50000

Unincorporated - Claremont

163

23219

Unincorporated - Covina

6473

38486

Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak)

5206

39607

Unincorporated - Del Aire

1269

28887

Unincorporated - Del Rey

153

48113

Unincorporated - Del Sur

727

30104

Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands

1001

40152

Unincorporated - Duarte

2083

47042

Unincorporated - East Covina

92

27964

Unincorporated - East La Mirada

1698

32086

Unincorporated - East Lancaster

46

40351

Unincorporated - East Los Angeles

59939

47848

Unincorporated - East Pasadena

443

6919

Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez

6501

42468

Unincorporated - East Whittier

1486

28006

Unincorporated - El Camino Village

2879

32749

Unincorporated - El Monte

1

690

Unincorporated - Elizabeth Lake

307

18483

Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone

31027

47951

Unincorporated - Franklin Canyon

2

16667

Unincorporated - Glendora

204

30909

Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights

17052

30490

Unincorporated - Harbor Gateway

4

4.00E+05

Unincorporated - Hawthorne

793

31543

Unincorporated - Hi Vista

177

16120

Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons

343

24292

Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose

4701

23741

Unincorporated - La Habra Heights

21

3107

Unincorporated - La Rambla

1002

48289

Unincorporated - La Verne*

677

33186

Unincorporated - Ladera Heights

2207

31212

Unincorporated - Lake Hughes

215

32186

Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles

4207

32376

Unincorporated - Lake Manor

485

29519

Unincorporated - Lakewood

28

24561

Unincorporated - Lennox

7900

35046

Unincorporated - Leona Valley

322

18389

Unincorporated - Littlerock

1461

36334

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills

373

28759

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom

1361

38134

Unincorporated - Llano

114

12999

Unincorporated - Marina del Rey

2889

30698

Unincorporated - Miracle Mile

0

0

Unincorporated - Monrovia

1170

30147

Unincorporated - Newhall

109

49545

Unincorporated - North Lancaster

519

43322

Unincorporated - North Whittier

3263

39031

Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel

5562

23140

Unincorporated - Padua Hills

39

18140

Unincorporated - Palmdale

274

32542

Unincorporated - Palos Verdes Peninsula

139

22383

Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano

449

22955

Unincorporated - Pellissier Village

381

61551

Unincorporated - Placerita Canyon

25

5435

Unincorporated - Pomona

132

6811

Unincorporated - Quartz Hill

4050

31381

Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez

1264

47501

Unincorporated - Roosevelt

289

31042

Unincorporated - Rosewood

532

41369

Unincorporated - Rosewood/East Gardena

569

47695

Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez

1404

41773

Unincorporated - Rowland Heights

12943

25367

Unincorporated - San Clemente Island

0

0

Unincorporated - San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon

47

5478

Unincorporated - San Jose Hills

8135

40230

Unincorporated - San Pasqual

91

4472

Unincorporated - Sand Canyon

64

20779

Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island

597

223596

Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains*

4130

22179

Unincorporated - Saugus

363

234194

Unincorporated - Saugus/Canyon Country

153

42978

Unincorporated - South Antelope Valley

127

27912

Unincorporated - South El Monte

779

43398

Unincorporated - South San Gabriel

3443

38913

Unincorporated - South Whittier

22201

37488

Unincorporated - Southeast Antelope Valley

264

33803

Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch

6337

30225

Unincorporated - Sun Village

2209

36597

Unincorporated - Sunrise Village

611

47145

Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain

459

27684

Unincorporated - Val Verde

1280

38682

Unincorporated - Valencia

1000

32552

Unincorporated - Valinda

9941

42536

Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills

3819

32823

Unincorporated - Walnut Park

7590

47017

Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley

205

13567

Unincorporated - West Carson

8845

40048

Unincorporated - West Chatsworth

5

41667

Unincorporated - West LA

1002

105252

Unincorporated - West Puente Valley

4372

44453

Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez

516

37969

Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos

11057

41066

Unincorporated - Westfield/Academy Hills

274

21077

Unincorporated - Westhills

213

25387

Unincorporated - White Fence Farms

971

26364

Unincorporated - Whittier

1035

27352

Unincorporated - Whittier Narrows

78

650000

Unincorporated - Willowbrook

17262

49443

Unincorporated - Wiseburn

2013

33400

- Under Investigation

75483

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

Data are subject to change based on further investigation

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