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For Immediate Release:

December 27, 2021

Despite High Vaccination Levels, Healthcare Worker Case Numbers Are Rising; New Booster Dose Requirement Aimed at Ensuring Adequate Hospital Staffing - 9 New Deaths, 7,425 New Positive Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

Public Health reports a high proportion of healthcare workers, across a variety of settings, are fully vaccinated (with either two doses of an mRNA vaccine, or one dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine). As of mid-November, 91% of hospital workers, 93% of dialysis workers, and 83% of EMS workers were vaccinated; as of December 12th, 96% of skilled nursing facility staff were also fully vaccinated. Nevertheless, with increased community transmission, cases among healthcare workers are now rising.

During the week ending on December 18th, a total 292 cases were identified among L.A. County healthcare workers, an increase of 26% from the previous week. Meanwhile, 46% of hospitals in the county are reporting staffing shortages, compared with 20% at the outset of last winter’s case surge.

In alignment with the State of California, LA County’s new Health Officer Order requiring booster doses for all healthcare workers is a key protective step aimed at reducing infections by increasing the numbers of workers with the optimal safety provided by the booster does. And while health care workers are generally highly vaccinated, many have not yet received their booster dose; for example, though fully vaccinated staff rates remain very high in the skilled nursing facility setting, the proportion of those who have received booster doses lags behind at approximately 50-60%.

The revised order, issued December 23rd, requires booster-eligible workers in healthcare settings be boosted by February 1st, 2022 or be tested for COVID-19 twice a week beginning December 27th (if in acute health care or long-term care settings). The order also recommends all workers upgrade their face coverings to surgical masks or higher-level respirators (such as an N95 mask). The goal of this order is to protect LA County’s healthcare workers, patients, facility residents, and community at large by ensuring an essential workforce remains as healthy and protected as possible.

“I send my heartfelt condolences to everyone mourning the loss of a loved one to COVID-19,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Keeping healthcare workers safe is critical to maintaining functionality across our healthcare facilities when surges lead to rising rates of hospitalizations,” Ferrer continued. “Across multiple healthcare settings, our health care personnel have given their all and been fully vaccinated at high levels for many months. However, the threat of rising cases and concerning hospital staffing shortages require us to act quickly to ensure that in the face of the high transmissible Omicron variant, our essential workforce has an important added layer of protection.”

Today, Public Health confirmed nine additional deaths and 7,425 new cases of COVID-19. Today’s number of cases and deaths reflect the weekend reporting delays. Of the nine new deaths reported today, three were between the ages of 50 and 64, one was between the ages of 65-79 and five were over the age of 80 years old. Of the nine newly reported deaths, six had underlying conditions. To date, the total number of deaths in L.A. County is 27,555.

Public Health has identified a total 1,623,442 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County. Today’s positivity rate is 12.4%; this represents a three-fold increase since last week, reflecting high levels of community transmission.

There are 904 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for more than 9,953,000 individuals, with 15% of people testing positive.

Public Health would like to remind residents that getting vaccinated or boosted remains critical as holiday traveling and gatherings continues. Additionally, all residents across LA County should:

Residents are also reminded that they are legally required to be isolated if they have a positive COVID test result and that vaccinated close contacts with symptoms and unvaccinated close contacts need to quarantine.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and are recommended for everyone 5 years old and older to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status. Appointments are not needed at all Public Health vaccination sites and many community sites where first, second, and third doses are available.

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 12/26/2021

Total Cases

NEW

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

1623442

7425

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

1539363

7425

-- Long Beach

69384

0

-- Pasadena

14695

0

Deaths

27555

9

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

26118

9

-- Long Beach

1067

0

-- Pasadena

370

0

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

- 0 to 4

40794

- 5 to 11

89910

- 12 to 17

97898

- 18 to 29

369438

- 30 to 49

514938

- 50 to 64

277102

- 65 to 79

109643

- over 80

38710

- Under Investigation

930

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

- Female

774704

- Male

727374

- Other

795

- Under Investigation

36490

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

2677

- Asian

76349

- Black

77624

- Hispanic/Latino

770104

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

5839

- White

203793

- Other

133708

- Under Investigation

269269

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)

110815

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

60

- Asian

3372

- Black

2336

- Hispanic/Latino

13809

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

97

- White

6209

- Other

200

- Under Investigation

35

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

1735

8308

City of Alhambra

9137

10536

City of Arcadia

3841

6651

City of Artesia

2573

15320

City of Avalon

35

905

City of Azusa

8048

16083

City of Baldwin Park

15355

20002

City of Bell

7977

21956

City of Bell Gardens

9422

21876

City of Bellflower

13889

17867

City of Beverly Hills

4576

13256

City of Bradbury

44

4116

City of Burbank

12703

11852

City of Calabasas

2170

8922

City of Carson

13268

14138

City of Cerritos

4296

8581

City of Claremont

3296

9034

City of Commerce*

2837

21708

City of Compton

20719

20739

City of Covina

8514

17364

City of Cudahy

5622

23091

City of Culver City

3607

9048

City of Diamond Bar

4499

7822

City of Downey

21973

19230

City of Duarte

3003

13640

City of El Monte

20123

17160

City of El Segundo

1374

8185

City of Gardena

8654

14115

City of Glendale

27550

13342

City of Glendora

6660

12622

City of Hawaiian Gardens

2696

18370

City of Hawthorne

13676

15403

City of Hermosa Beach

1903

9675

City of Hidden Hills

168

8889

City of Huntington Park

13015

21880

City of Industry

202

46224

City of Inglewood

18220

16041

City of Irwindale

332

22755

City of La Canada Flintridge

1350

6524

City of La Habra Heights

131

2401

City of La Mirada

5914

11924

City of La Puente

7927

19478

City of La Verne

4030

12109

City of Lakewood

10386

12924

City of Lancaster*

31750

19651

City of Lawndale

4635

13789

City of Lomita

2170

10468

City of Lynwood*

15785

21909

City of Malibu

903

6967

City of Manhattan Beach

2636

7322

City of Maywood

6058

21598

City of Monrovia

4452

11474

City of Montebello

12317

19133

City of Monterey Park

6121

9831

City of Norwalk

19839

18434

City of Palmdale

32540

20470

City of Palos Verdes Estates

794

5872

City of Paramount

12042

21495

City of Pico Rivera

13367

20794

City of Pomona

31419

20149

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

2452

5736

City of Redondo Beach

5018

7305

City of Rolling Hills

101

5206

City of Rolling Hills Estates

502

6188

City of Rosemead

5992

10826

City of San Dimas*

4423

12814

City of San Fernando

6376

25906

City of San Gabriel

4054

9899

City of San Marino

581

4376

City of Santa Clarita

30928

14031

City of Santa Fe Springs

3617

19696

City of Santa Monica

8743

9457

City of Sierra Madre

771

7016

City of Signal Hill

1614

13681

City of South El Monte

4033

19311

City of South Gate

22430

22852

City of South Pasadena

2052

7876

City of Temple City

3043

8347

City of Torrance

11177

7488

City of Vernon

148

70813

City of Walnut

2417

7916

City of West Covina

16633

15367

City of West Hollywood

4801

12993

City of Westlake Village

170

2033

City of Whittier

14187

16226

Los Angeles

665114

16444

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

1482

18069

Los Angeles - Alsace

1991

15998

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

5

12500

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

396

15827

Los Angeles - Arleta

8264

24044

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

1976

13473

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

4017

12906

Los Angeles - Bel Air

772

9159

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

1218

9725

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

1613

12245

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

20177

23223

Los Angeles - Brentwood

2877

9294

Los Angeles - Brookside

57

9811

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

967

13580

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

11789

18057

Los Angeles - Carthay

1664

11585

Los Angeles - Central

8726

22379

Los Angeles - Century City

1057

8263

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

7709

22831

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

5111

13791

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

821

8952

Los Angeles - Chinatown

1084

13515

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

2161

14849

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

2033

13416

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

2065

14932

Los Angeles - Crestview

1600

14075

Los Angeles - Del Rey

3231

10793

Los Angeles - Downtown*

6424

23354

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

4916

12418

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

4157

14194

Los Angeles - Echo Park

1961

13756

Los Angeles - El Sereno

7656

18312

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

764

13375

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

1609

15819

Los Angeles - Encino

5459

12085

Los Angeles - Exposition

487

14642

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

7842

17459

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

450

12500

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

1727

19803

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

11075

23343

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

4472

14150

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

1882

17484

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

8943

15368

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

4790

22274

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

1750

10271

Los Angeles - Harbor City

3560

12246

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

6450

14794

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

240

9963

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

3040

16856

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

8800

23198

Los Angeles - Highland Park

7408

15309

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

2544

18342

Los Angeles - Hollywood

9352

13702

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

3015

10243

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

5085

17816

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

1451

17973

Los Angeles - Koreatown

6916

13379

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

693

15201

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

7071

16754

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

2828

21534

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

2310

15162

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

6142

18842

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

1449

18056

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

3564

12575

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

577

18417

Los Angeles - Longwood

752

17472

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

1994

9228

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

1370

16050

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

262

8387

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

3621

8526

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

329

7546

Los Angeles - Melrose

11729

15096

Los Angeles - Mid-city

1776

11816

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

1865

10370

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

5466

22658

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

3615

14972

Los Angeles - North Hills

11435

18571

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

27512

18169

Los Angeles - Northridge

10301

14759

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

1522

7149

Los Angeles - Pacoima

20056

26054

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

271

7046

Los Angeles - Palms

4211

9597

Los Angeles - Panorama City

15985

21243

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

1123

8270

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

8246

19707

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

232

7259

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

1146

10469

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

3756

10554

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

680

10366

Los Angeles - Regent Square

367

13201

Los Angeles - Reseda

14645

19115

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

873

18831

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

406

9603

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

10398

13324

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

574

12922

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

9966

11422

Los Angeles - Silverlake

5094

11555

Los Angeles - South Carthay

1274

12025

Los Angeles - South Park

8697

22910

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

824

17976

Los Angeles - Studio City

2453

10931

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

11512

21935

Los Angeles - Sunland

3073

15058

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

66

10201

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

19949

24211

Los Angeles - Tarzana

4660

15093

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

6443

16319

Los Angeles - Thai Town

1282

13070

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

914

10501

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

214

16386

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

191

10280

Los Angeles - Tujunga

3987

14337

Los Angeles - University Hills

372

10849

Los Angeles - University Park

4669

17005

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

5105

17008

Los Angeles - Valley Village

3358

13584

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

17922

19231

Los Angeles - Venice

3637

10733

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

3611

20994

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

1832

23926

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

9272

22513

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

12780

24578

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

1284

15288

Los Angeles - View Heights

357

9664

Los Angeles - Watts

9178

21507

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

750

15259

Los Angeles - West Adams

4975

18006

Los Angeles - West Hills

4635

11432

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

4151

11029

Los Angeles - West Vernon

12170

22687

Los Angeles - Westchester

4436

8596

Los Angeles - Westlake

9410

15854

Los Angeles - Westwood

4653

8599

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

9615

26613

Los Angeles - Wilmington

10498

18585

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

7119

14190

Los Angeles - Winnetka

8636

16676

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

8042

11817

Unincorporated - Acton

896

11241

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

463

11135

Unincorporated - Altadena

4604

10555

Unincorporated - Anaverde

197

13064

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

47

3775

Unincorporated - Arcadia

807

10112

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

8192

19302

Unincorporated - Athens Village

1278

26098

Unincorporated - Avocado Heights

1350

19926

Unincorporated - Azusa

2954

18552

Unincorporated - Bassett

3071

20726

Unincorporated - Bouquet Canyon

91

8481

Unincorporated - Bradbury

52

48148

Unincorporated - Canyon Country

1354

17521

Unincorporated - Castaic*

4867

17899

Unincorporated - Cerritos

82

13969

Unincorporated - Charter Oak

0

0

Unincorporated - Claremont

58

8262

Unincorporated - Covina

2978

17706

Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak)

1991

15148

Unincorporated - Del Aire

461

10494

Unincorporated - Del Rey

47

14780

Unincorporated - Del Sur

299

12381

Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands

473

18973

Unincorporated - Duarte

984

22222

Unincorporated - East Covina

48

14590

Unincorporated - East La Mirada

712

13454

Unincorporated - East Lancaster

19

16667

Unincorporated - East Los Angeles

29134

23257

Unincorporated - East Pasadena

248

3873

Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez

3284

21453

Unincorporated - East Whittier

648

12213

Unincorporated - El Camino Village

1080

12285

Unincorporated - El Monte

25

17241

Unincorporated - Elizabeth Lake

131

7887

Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone

15711

24281

Unincorporated - Franklin Canyon

1

8333

Unincorporated - Glendora

94

14242

Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights

6600

11801

Unincorporated - Harbor Gateway

0

0

Unincorporated - Hawthorne

371

14757

Unincorporated - Hi Vista

80

7286

Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons

328

23229

Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose

1632

8242

Unincorporated - La Habra Heights

16

2367

Unincorporated - La Rambla

356

17157

Unincorporated - La Verne*

236

11569

Unincorporated - Ladera Heights

680

9617

Unincorporated - Lake Hughes

78

11677

Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles

2064

15884

Unincorporated - Lake Manor

197

11990

Unincorporated - Lakewood

0

0

Unincorporated - Lennox

4159

18450

Unincorporated - Leona Valley

189

10794

Unincorporated - Littlerock

719

17881

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills

177

13647

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom

652

18268

Unincorporated - Llano

62

7070

Unincorporated - Marina del Rey

935

9935

Unincorporated - Miracle Mile

0

0

Unincorporated - Monrovia

483

12445

Unincorporated - Newhall

70

31818

Unincorporated - North Lancaster

221

18447

Unincorporated - North Whittier

1389

16615

Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel

2110

8778

Unincorporated - Padua Hills

15

6977

Unincorporated - Palmdale

142

16865

Unincorporated - Palos Verdes Peninsula

36

5797

Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano

207

10583

Unincorporated - Pellissier Village

200

32310

Unincorporated - Placerita Canyon

5

1087

Unincorporated - Pomona

85

4386

Unincorporated - Quartz Hill

1955

15148

Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez

519

19504

Unincorporated - Roosevelt

121

12997

Unincorporated - Rosewood

215

16719

Unincorporated - Rosewood/East Gardena

209

17519

Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez

641

19072

Unincorporated - Rowland Heights

4575

8967

Unincorporated - San Clemente Island

0

0

Unincorporated - San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon

23

2681

Unincorporated - San Jose Hills

4073

20142

Unincorporated - San Pasqual

44

2162

Unincorporated - Sand Canyon

24

7792

Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island

270

101124

Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains*

1319

7083

Unincorporated - Saugus

194

125161

Unincorporated - Saugus/Canyon Country

55

15449

Unincorporated - South Antelope Valley

55

12088

Unincorporated - South El Monte

421

23454

Unincorporated - South San Gabriel

1157

13076

Unincorporated - South Whittier

10342

17463

Unincorporated - Southeast Antelope Valley

116

14853

Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch

2106

10045

Unincorporated - Sun Village

1156

19152

Unincorporated - Sunrise Village

228

17593

Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain

161

9710

Unincorporated - Val Verde

473

14294

Unincorporated - Valencia

348

11328

Unincorporated - Valinda

4594

19657

Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills

1207

10374

Unincorporated - Walnut Park

3567

22096

Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley

79

5228

Unincorporated - West Carson

2991

13543

Unincorporated - West Chatsworth

4

33333

Unincorporated - West LA

225

23634

Unincorporated - West Puente Valley

2075

21098

Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez

247

18175

Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos

5175

19220

Unincorporated - Westfield/Academy Hills

71

5462

Unincorporated - Westhills

78

9297

Unincorporated - White Fence Farms

453

12300

Unincorporated - Whittier

408

10782

Unincorporated - Whittier Narrows

55

458333

Unincorporated - Willowbrook

8405

24074

Unincorporated - Wiseburn

717

11896

- Under Investigation

21140

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