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For Immediate Release:

May 07, 2021

COVID-19 Daily Hospitalizations Decline to New Low Since Beginning of Pandemic - 16 New Deaths,421 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County and 376 Hospitalizations

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 16 new deaths and 421 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 16 new deaths reported today, six people that passed away were over the age of 80, six people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, and four people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64.

To date, Public Health identified 1,235,118 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 23,980 deaths.

There are 376 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 22% of these people are in the ICU. The five-day average of daily hospitalizations is 389, the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic.

COVID-19 testing results are available for more than 6,558,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Today's daily test positivity rate is 0.6%. The County's test positivity rate remains very low.

"To the friends and families who are grieving the loss of a loved one, we send our deepest condolences and wish you healing,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. "We see the power of vaccinations in our low metrics and reduced transmission. It is important to remember those who remain unvaccinated are at a greater risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and a variant of concern. If you’ve already been vaccinated, encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to get vaccinated if they haven't done so already. Many COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths can be avoided now that we have vaccines available. Vaccines are the best protection from COVID-19."

Although very rare, COVID-19 cases among children can sometimes result a few weeks later in very serious illness known as Multi-symptom Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). To date, Public Health has confirmed 186 children with MIS-C including two child deaths from MIS-C in L.A. County. All 186 children with MIS-C in L.A. County were hospitalized and 37% of the children were treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). Of the children with MIS-C, nearly 3% were less than one year of age, 25% were between the ages of 1 and 4 years old, 29% were between the ages of 5 and 9 years old, 27% were between the ages of 10 and 14, and 16% were between the ages of 15 and 20 years old. Latino/Latinx children account for 74% of the reported cases.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at County-run sites and many community sites without an appointment. Anyone 16 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated. You should bring a photo ID with you and teens 16 and 17 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at County-run sites and many community sites without an appointment. Visit: (English) and (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 or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

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,

Please see additional information below:

Laboratory Confirmed Total Cases 1235118*

Deaths 23980

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)


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


These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. 49 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, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at,, and