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For Immediate Release:

May 28, 2021

COVID-19 Daily Hospitalizations Drop Under 300 - 12 New Deaths, 229 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County and 289 Hospitalizations

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 12 new deaths and 229 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 12 new deaths reported today, five people that passed away were over the age of 80, three people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and two people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death was reported by the City of Pasadena.

To date, Public Health identified 1,243,522 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,333 deaths.

There are 289 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 18% of these people are in the ICU. This is the first time daily hospitalizations dropped below 300 and is the lowest number of daily hospitalizations since March 2020.

COVID-19 testing results are available for more than 6,740,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Today's daily test positivity rate is 0.4%. The County's test positivity remains at the lowest levels of the pandemic.

The best way to prepare for a safe Memorial Day holiday and summer is to be vaccinated against COVID-19. When everyone at a gathering is fully vaccinated, you can gather outdoors or inside without any masking or distancing requirements. If guests from more than one household at your gathering are unvaccinated, they should wear masks and keep a distance from people in other households. In these situations, gathering outdoors with at most 100 others is safest, and gathering indoors is strongly discouraged. If gathering indoors, keep the numbers lower, at 50% of capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer. For more details on how to reduce the risk of spread at your gathering, please review the Public Health Guidance for Informal Social Gatherings.

"We wish healing and peace to everyone mourning the passing of a loved one to COVID-19," said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. "Week to week, increasing uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in L.A. County has helped keep numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths low. If you are not yet vaccinated or unable to get vaccinated, it is very important that you continue to wear a mask and maintain distance when around others not in your household and for those eligible for vaccination, the most powerful protection you can have is the vaccine, so please consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can."

Starting today, Friday, May 28, through next Thursday, June 3, at all the county-run vaccination sites, LA City sites and the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center sites, everyone 18 and older getting their first COVID-19 vaccine or bringing a first-time vaccine recipient with them to their second dose appointment, will have an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the 2021-2022 home season of either the LA Kings or the LA Galaxy. Two residents will be awarded prizes. More information, including official rules and participating site locations, can be found online on the Los Angeles County Vaccination Sweepstakes page.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at County-run sites and many community sites without an appointment and many sites are open on weekends and have evening hours. Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County is eligible to be vaccinated. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

Visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) to find a vaccination site near you, to 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.

County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, 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:

Laboratory Confirmed Total Cases 1243522*

Deaths 24333

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

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

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

Hospitalization

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

CITY / COMMUNITY** CASES (Case Rate)

These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. 26 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.

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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.publichealth .lacounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lacounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lapublichealth, facebook.com/lapublichealth, instagram.com/lapublichealth and youtube.com/lapublichealth.




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