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For Immediate Release:

February 23, 2022

LA County to Modify Health Officer Order to Allow Establishments, Businesses, and Venues Verifying Vaccination Status to Make Masking Indoors Optional for Fully Vaccinated Individuals Beginning Friday, February 25 - 1,934 New Positive Cases and 36 New Deaths Due to COVID-19 in Los Angeles

As the county continues to experience reduced COVID-19 spread, it is appropriate to consider fewer required safety measures, noting that vulnerable individuals should continue to layer in all protections possible. Given decreased risk, Public Health is modifying the Health Officer Order to allow establishments, businesses, and venues verifying vaccination status to offer optional masking for fully vaccinated individuals. The modified Health Officer Order will be posted today and will go into effect at 12:01am on Friday, February 25.

The vaccines remain highly effective at slowing COVID-19 spread and preventing severe illness. For the week ending February 12, county residents who were unvaccinated were more than two and half times more likely to be infected when compared to individuals who were fully vaccinated. When comparing unvaccinated individuals with those vaccinated and fully boosted, unvaccinated people were nearly four times more likely to be infected.

The vaccine also continues to provide very strong protection against hospitalization and death. For the week ending February 12, unvaccinated people were five times more likely to be hospitalized compared to fully vaccinated residents. Fully vaccinated and boosted individuals were more than 13 times less likely to end up hospitalized compared to unvaccinated people. And the likelihood of dying was also significantly higher – 13 times higher – for unvaccinated residents compared to residents who were fully vaccinated.


Given lower hospital admissions and the effectiveness of the vaccines in reducing severe illness, changes have been made in the Health Officer Order that allow establishments, businesses, or venues two options for removing masking requirements for fully vaccinated individuals.

Option 1: Starting this Friday, establishments, businesses, or venues that want to allow fully vaccinated customers and workers to unmask while indoors must:

a) Verify that 100% of customers (5 and older) and workers prior to, or upon, entry to indoor spaces:

i) Provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or

Provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 viral test result. Tests for customers must be taken within two days of entry if a PCR test, or one day if an antigen test. Employees will be allowed to submit a negative test result every three days.

Those who are not fully vaccinated or do not show proof of vaccination, are required to provide a negative test, and continue wearing a well-fitting mask while indoors (as required by the state), except when actively eating or drinking.

Option 2: Starting this Friday, establishments, businesses, or venues that want to allow their fully vaccinated customers to unmask indoors while all onsite workers remain masked, must:

a) Verify that 100% of customers (5 and older) prior to, or upon, entry to indoor spaces

i) Provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or

ii) Provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 viral test result. Tests for customers must have been taken within two days of entry if a PCR test or one day if an antigen test.

b) Adhere to the following regarding customers and masking:

i) Fully vaccinated customers may be unmasked in the indoor setting.

ii) Customers that are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a well-fitting mask while indoors (as required by the state), except when actively eating or drinking.

Any individual showing proof of full vaccination prior to entering can still choose to wear a mask indoors.

For more information, please visit the Toolkit for Lifting of Indoor Masking Requirement for Fully Vaccinated Customers and Fully Vaccinated Workers.

“Our hearts remain with those families experiencing the sorrow of losing those they love to COVID-19.” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “While there are powerful tools that impede virus transmission, none are perfect which is why we often need to use a variety of safety measures to reduce transmission. When transmission is very high, we need to create the most complete shield we can so that’s why it’s important that we layer in all the protections at hand. As transmission drops and there is less virus circulating, some tools may afford significant protections against the very worst risks associated with COVID. Because vaccines are one of these tools, with lower rates of hospital admissions and COVID hospitalizations, it is appropriate in settings verifying vaccination or negative test status, that we transition to strongly recommending masking instead of requiring masking.”


Today, Public Health confirmed 36 additional deaths and 1,934 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 36 new deaths reported today, five people were between the ages of 30-49, four were between the ages of 50-64, 12 were between the ages of 65-79, and 13 were aged 80 years or older. Of the 36 newly reported deaths, 33 had underlying health conditions. Information on the two deaths reported by the City of Long Beach is available at www.LongBeach.gov. To date, the total number of deaths in L.A. County is 30,447.


Public Health has reported a total of 2,787,359 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County. Today’s positivity rate is 2.3%.


There are 1,204 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for more than 11,375,100 individuals, with 22% of people testing positive.


To reduce spread and keep workplaces and schools open, residents and workers are asked to:

Residents are legally required to isolate themselves away from others if they test positive for COVID-19. Close contacts with symptoms and close contacts who are unvaccinated or not up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations need to follow quarantine requirements. For updated isolation and quarantine guidance, please visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

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, connecting 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 12:00pm 02/22/2022

Total Cases

NEW

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

2,787,359

1934

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

2,635,980

1587

-- Long Beach

123,846

328

-- Pasadena

27,533

19

Deaths

30,447

36

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

28,845

34

-- Long Beach

1,205

2

-- Pasadena

397

0

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

- 0 to 4

80924

- 5 to 11

234531

- 12 to 17

229123

- 18 to 29

587876

- 30 to 49

840630

- 50 to 64

436297

- 65 to 79

168865

- over 80

54875

- Under Investigation

2859

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

- Female

1339693

- Male

1221413

- Other

964

- Under Investigation

73910

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

4861

- Asian

159803

- Black

131909

- Hispanic/Latino

1209655

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

13581

- White

335588

- Other

288894

- Under Investigation

491689

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)

131786

**DATA Under reported

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

69

- Asian

3618

- Black

2650

- Hispanic/Latino

14936

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

104

- White

7093

- Other

292

- Under Investigation

83

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

3787

18134

City of Alhambra

16333

18833

City of Arcadia

7741

13403

City of Artesia

4054

24138

City of Avalon

62

1602

City of Azusa

13507

26992

City of Baldwin Park

22551

29375

City of Bell

13590

37405

City of Bell Gardens

13963

32419

City of Bellflower

22903

29463

City of Beverly Hills

8031

23265

City of Bradbury

63

5893

City of Burbank

21731

20275

City of Calabasas

3800

15623

City of Carson

24943

26579

City of Cerritos

8164

16306

City of Claremont

5961

16339

City of Commerce*

4448

34035

City of Compton

32574

32605

City of Covina

14456

29483

City of Cudahy

9814

40309

City of Culver City

7175

17998

City of Diamond Bar

8888

15453

City of Downey

35346

30934

City of Duarte

5061

22988

City of El Monte

32324

27564

City of El Segundo

2704

16109

City of Gardena

15946

26009

City of Glendale

43571

21100

City of Glendora

11517

21827

City of Hawaiian Gardens

4077

27780

City of Hawthorne

22190

24992

City of Hermosa Beach

3191

16223

City of Hidden Hills

251

13280

City of Huntington Park

21655

36405

City of Industry

367

83982

City of Inglewood

28832

25384

City of Irwindale

534

36600

City of La Canada Flintridge

2778

13425

City of La Habra Heights

161

2951

City of La Mirada

10244

20654

City of La Puente

12492

30695

City of La Verne

6914

20774

City of Lakewood

18580

23120

City of Lancaster*

49968

30927

City of Lawndale

7958

23675

City of Lomita

4194

20233

City of Lynwood*

24236

33639

City of Malibu

2013

15531

City of Manhattan Beach

4782

13284

City of Maywood

10268

36607

City of Monrovia

8087

20843

City of Montebello

18949

29435

City of Monterey Park

11106

17838

City of Norwalk

32702

30386

City of Palmdale

52349

32931

City of Palos Verdes Estates

1462

10812

City of Paramount

18437

32910

City of Pico Rivera

20683

32174

City of Pomona

50481

32374

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

4726

11056

City of Redondo Beach

9659

14060

City of Rolling Hills

182

9381

City of Rolling Hills Estates

953

11747

City of Rosemead

10404

18797

City of San Dimas*

7880

22830

City of San Fernando

10332

41980

City of San Gabriel

7190

17556

City of San Marino

1360

10243

City of Santa Clarita

53164

24119

City of Santa Fe Springs

6225

33898

City of Santa Monica

16300

17632

City of Sierra Madre

1483

13495

City of Signal Hill

2790

23650

City of South El Monte

6465

30955

City of South Gate

37706

38415

City of South Pasadena

3869

14850

City of Temple City

6033

16549

City of Torrance

22155

14842

City of Vernon

304

145455

City of Walnut

4703

15404

City of West Covina

28784

26594

City of West Hollywood

7686

20801

City of Westlake Village

268

3206

City of Whittier

22947

26246

Los Angeles

1147319

28367

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

2539

30956

Los Angeles - Alsace

3478

27947

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

6

15000

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

614

24540

Los Angeles - Arleta

13505

39293

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

3442

23469

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

7278

23383

Los Angeles - Bel Air

1422

16870

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

2272

18140

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

2921

22174

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

32746

37689

Los Angeles - Brentwood

5275

17041

Los Angeles - Brookside

93

16007

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

1796

25221

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

19810

30342

Los Angeles - Carthay

2787

19404

Los Angeles - Central

14701

37703

Los Angeles - Century City

2233

17456

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

13310

39418

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

9136

24651

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

1567

17086

Los Angeles - Chinatown

1932

24087

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

3946

27115

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

3538

23349

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

3863

27934

Los Angeles - Crestview

2756

24243

Los Angeles - Del Rey

5810

19408

Los Angeles - Downtown*

11427

41542

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

8806

22244

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

7113

24287

Los Angeles - Echo Park

3220

22587

Los Angeles - El Sereno

13045

31202

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

1331

23302

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

2643

25986

Los Angeles - Encino

9968

22067

Los Angeles - Exposition

953

28653

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

13992

31151

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

856

23778

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

2983

34205

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

19194

40455

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

7787

24639

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

3140

29171

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

15680

26946

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

8396

39042

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

3223

18915

Los Angeles - Harbor City

6861

23602

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

11928

27358

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

452

18763

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

5005

27752

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

14732

38835

Los Angeles - Highland Park

12606

26050

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

4176

30108

Los Angeles - Hollywood

15460

22651

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

5022

17062

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

8993

31509

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

2424

30026

Los Angeles - Koreatown

12527

24233

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

1209

26519

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

12037

28520

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

4527

34470

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

4144

27201

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

9902

30377

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

2326

28984

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

6574

23194

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

1046

33387

Los Angeles - Longwood

1291

29995

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

3606

16688

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

2353

27566

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

485

15525

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

6999

16479

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

630

14450

Los Angeles - Melrose

19444

25026

Los Angeles - Mid-city

3318

22076

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

3282

18249

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

9276

38451

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

6185

25616

Los Angeles - North Hills

19719

32024

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

45337

29941

Los Angeles - Northridge

18640

26706

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

3110

14607

Los Angeles - Pacoima

31669

41140

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

593

15419

Los Angeles - Palms

7675

17492

Los Angeles - Panorama City

26668

35439

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

2146

15803

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

13447

32138

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

391

12234

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

2166

19786

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

6982

19619

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

1343

20473

Los Angeles - Regent Square

626

22518

Los Angeles - Reseda

24241

31639

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

1389

29961

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

830

19631

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

19131

24515

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

959

21589

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

18150

20801

Los Angeles - Silverlake

9185

20836

Los Angeles - South Carthay

2219

20944

Los Angeles - South Park

14660

38619

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

1503

32788

Los Angeles - Studio City

4371

19479

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

18554

35352

Los Angeles - Sunland

5007

24534

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

108

16692

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

33039

40097

Los Angeles - Tarzana

7470

24194

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

10756

27243

Los Angeles - Thai Town

2123

21643

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

1639

18830

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

353

27029

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

312

16792

Los Angeles - Tujunga

6584

23675

Los Angeles - University Hills

693

20210

Los Angeles - University Park

8697

31676

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

8603

28661

Los Angeles - Valley Village

5791

23426

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

30002

32193

Los Angeles - Venice

6296

18580

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

6074

35314

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

3053

39872

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

15304

37158

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

21442

41236

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

2243

26706

Los Angeles - View Heights

730

19762

Los Angeles - Watts

16065

37646

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

1379

28057

Los Angeles - West Adams

8456

30604

Los Angeles - West Hills

8527

21031

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

7214

19168

Los Angeles - West Vernon

19991

37266

Los Angeles - Westchester

8456

16387

Los Angeles - Westlake

16731

28188

Los Angeles - Westwood

9260

17114

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

16051

44427

Los Angeles - Wilmington

19112

33834

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

12578

25071

Los Angeles - Winnetka

15045

29052

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

14133

20767

Unincorporated - Acton

1494

18743

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

773

18591

Unincorporated - Altadena

8138

18657

Unincorporated - Anaverde

321

21286

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

72

5783

Unincorporated - Arcadia

1418

17767

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

14026

33047

Unincorporated - Athens Village

2244

45824

Unincorporated - Avocado Heights

2172

32059

Unincorporated - Azusa

4888

30698

Unincorporated - Bassett

4740

31990

Unincorporated - Bouquet Canyon

147

13700

Unincorporated - Bradbury

66

61111

Unincorporated - Canyon Country

2544

32919

Unincorporated - Castaic*

7031

25858

Unincorporated - Cerritos

133

22658

Unincorporated - Charter Oak

2

10000

Unincorporated - Claremont

93

13248

Unincorporated - Covina

4725

28093

Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak)

3529

26849

Unincorporated - Del Aire

858

19531

Unincorporated - Del Rey

86

27044

Unincorporated - Del Sur

531

21988

Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands

746

29924

Unincorporated - Duarte

1496

33785

Unincorporated - East Covina

76

23100

Unincorporated - East La Mirada

1182

22336

Unincorporated - East Lancaster

36

31579

Unincorporated - East Los Angeles

47381

37823

Unincorporated - East Pasadena

317

4951

Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez

5018

32780

Unincorporated - East Whittier

1047

19732

Unincorporated - El Camino Village

1825

20760

Unincorporated - El Monte

51

35172

Unincorporated - Elizabeth Lake

202

12161

Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone

25935

40082

Unincorporated - Franklin Canyon

1

8333

Unincorporated - Glendora

165

25000

Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights

11480

20527

Unincorporated - Harbor Gateway

4

400000

Unincorporated - Hawthorne

591

23508

Unincorporated - Hi Vista

131

11931

Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons

513

36331

Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose

2807

14176

Unincorporated - La Habra Heights

17

2515

Unincorporated - La Rambla

574

27663

Unincorporated - La Verne*

482

23627

Unincorporated - Ladera Heights

1230

17395

Unincorporated - Lake Hughes

145

21707

Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles

3402

26181

Unincorporated - Lake Manor

333

20268

Unincorporated - Lakewood

1

877

Unincorporated - Lennox

6311

27997

Unincorporated - Leona Valley

254

14506

Unincorporated - Littlerock

1181

29371

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills

277

21357

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom

1035

29000

Unincorporated - Llano

101

11517

Unincorporated - Marina del Rey

1602

17023

Unincorporated - Miracle Mile

0

0

Unincorporated - Monrovia

839

21618

Unincorporated - Newhall

87

39545

Unincorporated - North Lancaster

333

27796

Unincorporated - North Whittier

2338

27967

Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel

3919

16305

Unincorporated - Padua Hills

25

11628

Unincorporated - Palmdale

214

25416

Unincorporated - Palos Verdes Peninsula

66

10628

Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano

316

16155

Unincorporated - Pellissier Village

296

47819

Unincorporated - Placerita Canyon

15

3261

Unincorporated - Pomona

134

6914

Unincorporated - Quartz Hill

3068

23772

Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez

911

34235

Unincorporated - Roosevelt

216

23201

Unincorporated - Rosewood

393

30560

Unincorporated - Rosewood/East Gardena

404

33864

Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez

1057

31449

Unincorporated - Rowland Heights

8537

16732

Unincorporated - San Clemente Island

0

0

Unincorporated - San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon

34

3963

Unincorporated - San Jose Hills

6337

31339

Unincorporated - San Pasqual

62

3047

Unincorporated - Sand Canyon

48

15584

Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island

608

227715

Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains*

2650

14231

Unincorporated - Saugus

309

199355

Unincorporated - Saugus/Canyon Country

89

25000

Unincorporated - South Antelope Valley

88

19341

Unincorporated - South El Monte

621

34596

Unincorporated - South San Gabriel

1979

22367

Unincorporated - South Whittier

16891

28521

Unincorporated - Southeast Antelope Valley

184

23560

Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch

3955

18864

Unincorporated - Sun Village

1786

29589

Unincorporated - Sunrise Village

410

31636

Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain

303

18275

Unincorporated - Val Verde

822

24841

Unincorporated - Valencia

661

21517

Unincorporated - Valinda

7348

31441

Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills

2376

20421

Unincorporated - Walnut Park

6014

37255

Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley

130

8604

Unincorporated - West Carson

5388

24396

Unincorporated - West Chatsworth

4

33333

Unincorporated - West LA

529

55567

Unincorporated - West Puente Valley

3195

32486

Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez

383

28182

Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos

8065

29954

Unincorporated - Westfield/Academy Hills

159

12231

Unincorporated - Westhills

127

15137

Unincorporated - White Fence Farms

715

19414

Unincorporated - Whittier

720

19027

Unincorporated - Whittier Narrows

64

533333

Unincorporated - Willowbrook

13539

38779

Unincorporated - Wiseburn

1386

22997

- Under Investigation

67962




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