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For Immediate Release:

December 22, 2021

New COVID-19 Cases in Los Angeles County More than Double from Yesterday to 6,509 New Cases

Today, Public Health confirmed 6,509 new cases, 162 additional Omicron cases, and 16 additional deaths of COVID-19. The increase in cases represents more than double yesterday’s case count. This steep increase, one of the steepest rises we have ever seen over the course of the pandemic, reflects the increased circulation of Omicron and the associated rapid acceleration of transmission associated with this variant.

Today’s positivity rate is 4.5%. One week ago, the test positivity rate was 1.9%.

Of the 16 new deaths reported today, two were between the ages of 50 and 64, eight were between the ages of 65-79 and three were over the age of 80 years old. Of the 16 newly reported deaths, eleven had underlying conditions.

To date, the total number of deaths in L.A. County is 27,488. Information on the two deaths reported by the City of Long Beach and the one death reported by the City of Pasadena is available at: LongBeach.gov and CityofPasadena.net

Public Health has identified a total 1,576,702 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County.

There are 748 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for more than 9,854,776 individuals, with 15% of people testing positive.

“We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to all who have lost neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family during this difficult time,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “These numbers make it crystal clear that we are heading into very challenging times over the winter holidays. If our case numbers continue to increase at a rapid pace over this next week, we could be looking at case numbers we have never seen before, well over 20,000 cases a day by the end of this year. Although hospitalizations and deaths remain relatively stable at this time, these are both known to be lagging indicators because most people don’t experience severe illness until a few days after testing positive. While many will be protected against the most severe illness from Omicron because they are fully vaccinated and boosted where eligible, very high case numbers can easily cause significant stress to the health care system if even a small percentage of those infected require hospital care.”

Public Health would like to remind residents that getting vaccinated & boosted, testing, and masking remain critical while in the surge.

Boosters help restore high-levels of COVID-19 protection, similar to the levels offered two weeks after the second dose. According to Public Health data, between December 5th-11th, fully vaccinated people with boosters were 20 times more protected from infection versus only 4 times more protected for fully vaccinated without boosters, as compared to unvaccinated people.

Testing is also critically important since it helps identify potential sources of transmission before they have contact with high-risk individuals. This week, with assistance from the California Department of Public Health, hundreds of thousands of over-the-counter testing kits will be distributed for vulnerable residents through service provider networks, daycare centers, and community partners. Public Health is encouraging residents to get tested before and after travel, if exposed or sick, and if gathering with people outside their home.

Masks are also very important as they provide a good physical barrier against the virus, and help prevent people from both getting infected, and from inadvertently spreading infection. Given that Omicron is spreading quickly, it’s also best to consider upgrading to a medical-grade, surgical, or KN95 mask when in close contact with others.

Public Health would also like to remind residents that staying home and away from others if you’re sick keeps everyone safe, including your loved ones and the essential workers who will continuing showing up for work throughout the holiday season.

To find a vaccination site near you, or to make an appointment, please visit:

www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) or www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish).

If you need assistance, you can also call 1-833-540-0473 for help:

Finding an appointment

Connect to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or

Schedule a home visit if you are homebound.

For more information regarding COVID-19 in LA County you can also visit the Public Health website at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov here you will find information on:

COVID-19 sector protocols & best practices,

COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboards, and

COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive and, Recovery Dashboards

Please see additional information below:

Cases through 6:00pm 12/21/2021

Total Cases

NEW

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

1576702

6509

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

1493424

6027

-- Long Beach

68879

403

-- Pasadena

14399

79

Deaths

27488

16

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

26053

13

-- Long Beach

1065

2

-- Pasadena

370

1

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

- 0 to 4

39832

- 5 to 11

88148

- 12 to 17

95669

- 18 to 29

353800

- 30 to 49

496938

- 50 to 64

271606

- 65 to 79

108121

- over 80

38407

- Under Investigation

903

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

- Female

751519

- Male

706146

- Other

784

- Under Investigation

34975

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

2594

- Asian

72688

- Black

73918

- Hispanic/Latino

757883

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

5509

- White

194182

- Other

127468

- Under Investigation

259182

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)

110309

**DATA Under reported

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

59

- Asian

3370

- Black

2325

- Hispanic/Latino

13785

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

96

- White

6188

- Other

196

- Under Investigation

34

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

1644

7872

City of Alhambra

8762

10103

City of Arcadia

3666

6348

City of Artesia

2543

15141

City of Avalon

35

905

City of Azusa

7870

15727

City of Baldwin Park

15149

19733

City of Bell

7865

21648

City of Bell Gardens

9313

21622

City of Bellflower

13641

17548

City of Beverly Hills

4165

12065

City of Bradbury

43

4022

City of Burbank

12158

11344

City of Calabasas

2012

8272

City of Carson

12869

13713

City of Cerritos

4090

8169

City of Claremont

3161

8664

City of Commerce*

2793

21371

City of Compton

20417

20437

City of Covina

8258

16842

City of Cudahy

5564

22853

City of Culver City

3315

8316

City of Diamond Bar

4317

7506

City of Downey

21478

18797

City of Duarte

2911

13222

City of El Monte

19822

16903

City of El Segundo

1240

7387

City of Gardena

8403

13706

City of Glendale

26613

12888

City of Glendora

6462

12247

City of Hawaiian Gardens

2660

18125

City of Hawthorne

13298

14977

City of Hermosa Beach

1766

8978

City of Hidden Hills

155

8201

City of Huntington Park

12830

21569

City of Industry

199

45538

City of Inglewood

17648

15538

City of Irwindale

322

22070

City of La Canada Flintridge

1256

6070

City of La Habra Heights

131

2401

City of La Mirada

5737

11567

City of La Puente

7812

19196

City of La Verne

3900

11718

City of Lakewood

10110

12581

City of Lancaster*

31199

19310

City of Lawndale

4501

13390

City of Lomita

2096

10111

City of Lynwood*

15585

21632

City of Malibu

816

6296

City of Manhattan Beach

2415

6709

City of Maywood

5991

21359

City of Monrovia

4280

11031

City of Montebello

12068

18746

City of Monterey Park

5888

9457

City of Norwalk

19390

18017

City of Palmdale

32047

20159

City of Palos Verdes Estates

752

5561

City of Paramount

11850

21152

City of Pico Rivera

13128

20422

City of Pomona

30885

19807

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

2348

5493

City of Redondo Beach

4645

6762

City of Rolling Hills

96

4948

City of Rolling Hills Estates

479

5904

City of Rosemead

5848

10565

City of San Dimas*

4277

12391

City of San Fernando

6252

25402

City of San Gabriel

3929

9594

City of San Marino

533

4014

City of Santa Clarita

29855

13544

City of Santa Fe Springs

3539

19271

City of Santa Monica

7867

8510

City of Sierra Madre

732

6661

City of Signal Hill

1569

13300

City of South El Monte

3981

19062

City of South Gate

22104

22519

City of South Pasadena

1900

7293

City of Temple City

2924

8021

City of Torrance

10645

7131

City of Vernon

145

69378

City of Walnut

2307

7556

City of West Covina

16151

14922

City of West Hollywood

4297

11629

City of Westlake Village

167

1998

City of Whittier

13849

15840

Los Angeles

643088

15900

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

1445

17618

Los Angeles - Alsace

1942

15605

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

5

12500

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

380

15188

Los Angeles - Arleta

8147

23704

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

1895

12921

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

3849

12366

Los Angeles - Bel Air

695

8245

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

1074

8575

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

1479

11228

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

19903

22908

Los Angeles - Brentwood

2528

8167

Los Angeles - Brookside

53

9122

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

922

12948

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

11541

17677

Los Angeles - Carthay

1509

10506

Los Angeles - Central

8620

22107

Los Angeles - Century City

973

7606

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

7579

22446

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

4972

13416

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

746

8134

Los Angeles - Chinatown

1010

12592

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

2074

14251

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

1952

12882

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

1990

14390

Los Angeles - Crestview

1490

13107

Los Angeles - Del Rey

3005

10038

Los Angeles - Downtown*

5986

21762

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

4716

11912

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

4005

13675

Los Angeles - Echo Park

1860

13047

Los Angeles - El Sereno

7463

17851

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

708

12395

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

1567

15407

Los Angeles - Encino

5124

11343

Los Angeles - Exposition

476

14311

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

7652

17036

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

418

11611

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

1686

19333

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

10927

23031

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

4321

13672

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

1835

17048

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

8672

14903

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

4696

21837

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

1616

9484

Los Angeles - Harbor City

3453

11878

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

6321

14498

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

232

9631

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

2979

16518

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

8667

22847

Los Angeles - Highland Park

7110

14693

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

2473

17830

Los Angeles - Hollywood

8627

12640

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

2753

9353

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

4932

17280

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

1416

17540

Los Angeles - Koreatown

6676

12915

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

669

14674

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

6893

16332

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

2767

21069

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

2220

14572

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

6032

18505

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

1408

17545

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

3414

12045

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

550

17555

Los Angeles - Longwood

734

17054

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

1811

8381

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

1318

15440

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

236

7554

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

3299

7768

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

296

6789

Los Angeles - Melrose

11077

14257

Los Angeles - Mid-city

1671

11118

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

1676

9319

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

5339

22131

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

3507

14525

Los Angeles - North Hills

11244

18261

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

26668

17612

Los Angeles - Northridge

9990

14313

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

1380

6482

Los Angeles - Pacoima

19818

25745

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

247

6422

Los Angeles - Palms

3860

8797

Los Angeles - Panorama City

15757

20940

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

1039

7651

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

8109

19380

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

210

6571

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

1021

9327

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

3589

10085

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

610

9299

Los Angeles - Regent Square

350

12590

Los Angeles - Reseda

14295

18658

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

852

18378

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

374

8846

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

10044

12871

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

542

12202

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

9311

10671

Los Angeles - Silverlake

4751

10777

Los Angeles - South Carthay

1139

10750

Los Angeles - South Park

8629

22731

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

811

17692

Los Angeles - Studio City

2277

10147

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

11310

21550

Los Angeles - Sunland

2981

14607

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

58

8964

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

19521

23691

Los Angeles - Tarzana

4518

14633

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

6235

15792

Los Angeles - Thai Town

1216

12397

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

855

9823

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

202

15467

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

182

9795

Los Angeles - Tujunga

3883

13963

Los Angeles - University Hills

355

10353

Los Angeles - University Park

4524

16477

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

4965

16541

Los Angeles - Valley Village

3166

12807

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

17613

18899

Los Angeles - Venice

3270

9650

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

3529

20517

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

1793

23416

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

9150

22216

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

12629

24287

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

1241

14776

Los Angeles - View Heights

329

8906

Los Angeles - Watts

9076

21268

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

728

14812

Los Angeles - West Adams

4844

17532

Los Angeles - West Hills

4408

10872

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

3751

9967

Los Angeles - West Vernon

11957

22290

Los Angeles - Westchester

4055

7858

Los Angeles - Westlake

9171

15451

Los Angeles - Westwood

4297

7941

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

9414

26057

Los Angeles - Wilmington

10344

18312

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

6877

13707

Los Angeles - Winnetka

8446

16309

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

7632

11214

Unincorporated - Acton

874

10965

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

453

10895

Unincorporated - Altadena

4418

10128

Unincorporated - Anaverde

195

12931

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

44

3534

Unincorporated - Arcadia

781

9786

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

8037

18936

Unincorporated - Athens Village

1244

25403

Unincorporated - Avocado Heights

1320

19483

Unincorporated - Azusa

2904

18238

Unincorporated - Bassett

3015

20348

Unincorporated - Bouquet Canyon

88

8201

Unincorporated - Bradbury

52

48148

Unincorporated - Canyon Country

1286

16641

Unincorporated - Castaic*

4763

17517

Unincorporated - Cerritos

80

13629

Unincorporated - Charter Oak

0

0

Unincorporated - Claremont

57

8120

Unincorporated - Covina

2906

17278

Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak)

1954

14866

Unincorporated - Del Aire

435

9902

Unincorporated - Del Rey

43

13522

Unincorporated - Del Sur

290

12008

Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands

467

18732

Unincorporated - Duarte

971

21929

Unincorporated - East Covina

47

14286

Unincorporated - East La Mirada

689

13020

Unincorporated - East Lancaster

19

16667

Unincorporated - East Los Angeles

28747

22948

Unincorporated - East Pasadena

248

3873

Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez

3248

21218

Unincorporated - East Whittier

629

11855

Unincorporated - El Camino Village

1044

11876

Unincorporated - El Monte

24

16552

Unincorporated - Elizabeth Lake

129

7766

Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone

15568

24060

Unincorporated - Franklin Canyon

1

8333

Unincorporated - Glendora

90

13636

Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights

6413

11467

Unincorporated - Harbor Gateway

0

0

Unincorporated - Hawthorne

365

14519

Unincorporated - Hi Vista

80

7286

Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons

326

23088

Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose

1565

7904

Unincorporated - La Habra Heights

16

2367

Unincorporated - La Rambla

344

16578

Unincorporated - La Verne*

229

11225

Unincorporated - Ladera Heights

630

8910

Unincorporated - Lake Hughes

78

11677

Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles

2045

15738

Unincorporated - Lake Manor

192

11686

Unincorporated - Lakewood

0

0

Unincorporated - Lennox

4083

18113

Unincorporated - Leona Valley

184

10508

Unincorporated - Littlerock

707

17583

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills

177

13647

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom

649

18184

Unincorporated - Llano

62

7070

Unincorporated - Marina del Rey

817

8681

Unincorporated - Miracle Mile

0

0

Unincorporated - Monrovia

473

12188

Unincorporated - Newhall

70

31818

Unincorporated - North Lancaster

221

18447

Unincorporated - North Whittier

1361

16280

Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel

2027

8433

Unincorporated - Padua Hills

14

6512

Unincorporated - Palmdale

142

16865

Unincorporated - Palos Verdes Peninsula

35

5636

Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano

199

10174

Unincorporated - Pellissier Village

198

31987

Unincorporated - Placerita Canyon

5

1087

Unincorporated - Pomona

84

4334

Unincorporated - Quartz Hill

1910

14799

Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez

500

18790

Unincorporated - Roosevelt

117

12567

Unincorporated - Rosewood

206

16019

Unincorporated - Rosewood/East Gardena

203

17016

Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez

635

18893

Unincorporated - Rowland Heights

4461

8743

Unincorporated - San Clemente Island

0

0

Unincorporated - San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon

23

2681

Unincorporated - San Jose Hills

4032

19940

Unincorporated - San Pasqual

44

2162

Unincorporated - Sand Canyon

24

7792

Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island

259

97004

Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains*

1216

6530

Unincorporated - Saugus

190

122581

Unincorporated - Saugus/Canyon Country

55

15449

Unincorporated - South Antelope Valley

53

11648

Unincorporated - South El Monte

420

23398

Unincorporated - South San Gabriel

1136

12839

Unincorporated - South Whittier

10142

17125

Unincorporated - Southeast Antelope Valley

116

14853

Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch

1964

9368

Unincorporated - Sun Village

1145

18970

Unincorporated - Sunrise Village

220

16975

Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain

152

9168

Unincorporated - Val Verde

467

14113

Unincorporated - Valencia

332

10807

Unincorporated - Valinda

4514

19315

Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills

1108

9523

Unincorporated - Walnut Park

3512

21756

Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley

78

5162

Unincorporated - West Carson

2915

13198

Unincorporated - West Chatsworth

4

33333

Unincorporated - West LA

223

23424

Unincorporated - West Puente Valley

2035

20691

Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez

240

17660

Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos

5087

18893

Unincorporated - Westfield/Academy Hills

71

5462

Unincorporated - Westhills

73

8701

Unincorporated - White Fence Farms

439

11920

Unincorporated - Whittier

396

10465

Unincorporated - Whittier Narrows

55

458333

Unincorporated - Willowbrook

8274

23699

Unincorporated - Wiseburn

682

11316

- Under Investigation

19508

These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation.

* 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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