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For Immediate Release:

August 17, 2023

With COVID-19 Transmission Increasing, Those at Higher Risk Should Adopt Simple Strategies to Reduce Exposure, Prevent Severe Illness

With COVID-19 transmissions and hospitalizations on the rise in Los Angeles County, residents at higher risk should consider employing simple strategies to reduce their exposures and prevent severe illness. Individuals who are older, those with weakened immune systems, and those with chronic health conditions continue to experience higher rates of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.

To reduce risks, especially as transmission of the virus is increasing, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) asks those more vulnerable to take precautions to reduce potential exposures, identify COVID infections early, and consult with a health care provider when infected to access appropriate therapeutics. Protective measures include wearing a well-fitting, high filtration mask when traveling via public transit, when in poorly ventilated and/or crowded indoor spaces, and when at health care facilities.

Those that provide services to individuals at higher risk of severe illness from COVID are also asked to take sensible steps to prevent transmission of COVID-19; this includes staying home and away from others if sick, testing before gathering indoors, and wearing a mask if providing patient care.

Even as hospitalizations from COVID-19 remain at near-record lows, older adults continue to be hospitalized at significantly higher rates than any other age group in Los Angeles County. Public Health data shows that people 80 years old and older were more than five times as likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people ages 50-79, during the 30-day period ending Aug. 5. Adults ages 50 to 79 were four times as likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 than people 30-49 years old during the same 30-day period.

Some of the people at highest risk of complications from COVID-19 live in skilled nursing facilities, where there has been an increase in COVID-19 outbreaks in recent weeks. Public Health opened 59 new outbreak investigations at skilled nursing facilities in Los Angeles County during the 30-day period ending Aug. 16, a significant increase from the 34 outbreak investigations opened during the previous 30 days.

One way to reduce outbreaks at skilled nursing facilities is to make sure residents, staff and visitors are up to date on their vaccinations. As of Aug. 15, 76 percent of all skilled nursing facility residents and half of all staff are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccines are a safe, highly effective and relatively simple to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As fall approaches, all residents are encouraged to ask their health care provider what vaccines they should get to protect against COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are slated to consider authorizing a new COVID-19 vaccine next month. The yearly flu vaccine also is recommended for everyone 6 months old and older. Additionally, a new RSV vaccine has been approved for people ages 60 and older and other new RSV protections are now available for infants and young children.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should talk to their health care provider about treatment options, such as Paxlovid, as soon as possible. Treatment must begin within five days of the onset of symptoms. To access free telehealth services for treatment, contact the Public Health Call Center, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., at 1-833-540-0473.

Los Angeles County remains in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Low Hospital Admission Level with 4.1 weekly COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people, reported on Aug. 14 for the seven-day period ending Aug. 5.

Public Health reports COVID-19 data weekly. The following table shows case, wastewater, emergency department, hospitalization, and death data in Los Angeles County over the past four weeks:

Metric

Date of Weekly Report

8/16/2023

8/9/2023

8/2/2023

7/26/2023

Daily average cases

384

333

264

206

SARS-CoV-2 wastewater concentration as a percentage of the Winter 2022-2023 peak concentration value

22%

19%

12%

16%

Daily average of the percent of Emergency Department (ED) encounters classified as coronavirus-related

3.9%

3.5%

3.2%

2.7%

Daily average number of COVID-positive hospitalizations

330

293

245

228

Daily average deaths

1.0

1.7

0.7

2.6

Percent of all deaths due to COVID-19

0.9%

1.3%

0.8%

1.1%

All daily averages are 7-day averages. Data for past weeks are subject to change in future reports. Time periods covered by each metric: cases = week ending each Saturday; wastewater = week ending each Saturday, with a one-week lag; ED data = week ending each Sunday; hospitalizations = week ending each Saturday; deaths = week ending each Monday, with a three-week lag; death percentage = week ending Monday, with a one-week lag. Hospitalization counts do not include Prospect Hospitals, which on average make up 2% of hospitalizations in LA County.

Case data is presented by episode date, an approximation of the date the illness began, and death data is presented by date of death. This is a change from how case and death data were presented prior to July 26, 2023, which was by date of report. Daily average cases and deaths do not include Long Beach and Pasadena.

A wide range of data and dashboards on COVID-19 from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are available on the Public Health website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/COVIDdata including:

COVID-19 Locations & Demographics (data by demographic characteristics and geography, active outbreaks, and citations)

COVID-19 Response Plan

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Skilled Nursing Facility Metrics

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:

• Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

• California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlncov/index.html

• CDC Spanish https://espanol.cdc.gov/enes/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

• World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

• LA County residents can also call 2-1-1

Cases through 12:00pm 8/14/2023

Total Cases

Laboratory Confirmed Cases (includes LB and Pas through 6/27/23; excludes LB and Pas after 6/27/23)

3,772,815

Deaths (includes LB and Pas)

36,612

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

- 0 to 4

113,325

- 5 to 11

283,680

- 12 to 17

278,395

- 18 to 29

762,461

- 30 to 49

1,142,188

- 50 to 64

620,509

- 65 to 79

269,207

- over 80

95,488

- Under Investigation

2,569

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

- Female

1,842,431

- Male

1,634,331

- Other

1,858

- Under Investigation

89,202

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

6,762

- Asian

266,421

- Black

188,404

- Hispanic/Latino

1,521,984

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

17,854

- White

496,717

- Other

410,686

- Under Investigation

658,994

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)

182,341

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

79

- Asian

4,541

- Black

3,260

- Hispanic/Latino

16,938

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

116

- White

9,268

- Other

429

- Under Investigation

92

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

6407

30680

City of Alhambra

25723

29661

City of Arcadia

13857

23993

City of Artesia

6054

36046

City of Avalon

292

7547

City of Azusa

17629

35230

City of Baldwin Park

29882

38925

City of Bell

17092

47044

City of Bell Gardens

17274

40106

City of Bellflower

31036

39925

City of Beverly Hills

11683

33844

City of Bradbury

71

6642

City of Burbank

33157

30936

City of Calabasas

5912

24306

City of Carson

35287

37601

City of Cerritos

13528

27020

City of Claremont

10495

28766

City of Commerce*

5899

45137

City of Compton

40583

40622

City of Covina

20441

41689

City of Cudahy

12263

50368

City of Culver City

12100

30352

City of Diamond Bar

13807

24006

City of Downey

47143

41258

City of Duarte

7559

34334

City of El Monte

43037

36699

City of El Segundo

4136

24640

City of Gardena

22093

36035

City of Glendale

60813

29450

City of Glendora

15180

28770

City of Hawaiian Gardens

5036

34315

City of Hawthorne

29891

33666

City of Hermosa Beach

4780

24301

City of Hidden Hills

390

20635

City of Huntington Park

26474

44506

City of Industry

1021

233638

City of Inglewood

39050

34380

City of Irwindale

892

61138

City of La Canada Flintridge

4610

22278

City of La Habra Heights

215

3941

City of La Mirada

14374

28980

City of La Puente

16072

39492

City of La Verne

9318

27997

City of Lakewood

27335

34015

City of Lancaster*

64657

40018

City of Lawndale

10688

31796

City of Lomita

6171

29770

City of Lynwood*

31535

43770

City of Malibu

2914

22483

City of Manhattan Beach

7522

20895

City of Maywood

12898

45984

City of Monrovia

11972

30856

City of Montebello

25671

39877

City of Monterey Park

17652

28351

City of Norwalk

43398

40324

City of Palmdale

67275

42320

City of Palos Verdes Estates

2308

17068

City of Paramount

22904

40883

City of Pico Rivera

28306

44033

City of Pomona

66038

42351

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

7911

18507

City of Redondo Beach

15800

23000

City of Rolling Hills

303

15619

City of Rolling Hills Estates

1562

19253

City of Rosemead

15373

27774

City of San Dimas*

11203

32457

City of San Fernando

12854

52227

City of San Gabriel

11553

28210

City of San Marino

2451

18460

City of Santa Clarita

74271

33695

City of Santa Fe Springs

7953

43308

City of Santa Monica

26836

29029

City of Sierra Madre

2453

22322

City of Signal Hill

4127

34983

City of South El Monte

8483

40618

City of South Gate

47416

48307

City of South Pasadena

6392

24535

City of Temple City

10841

29738

City of Torrance

34824

23330

City of Vernon

358

171292

City of Walnut

7643

25033

City of West Covina

39869

36836

City of West Hollywood

11394

30835

City of Westlake Village

456

5455

City of Whittier

31564

36101

Los Angeles

1540254

38082

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

3229

39368

Los Angeles - Alsace

4570

36722

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

0

0

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

851

34013

Los Angeles - Arleta

17015

49505

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

5127

34958

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

10349

33250

Los Angeles - Bel Air

2483

29458

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

3379

26978

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

4249

32255

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

40696

46839

Los Angeles - Brentwood

8526

27543

Los Angeles - Brookside

158

27194

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

2317

32538

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

25555

39141

Los Angeles - Carthay

4459

31045

Los Angeles - Central

17105

43868

Los Angeles - Century City

3803

29730

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

16419

48626

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

13088

35315

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

2588

28219

Los Angeles - Chinatown

2967

36990

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

5381

36975

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

4939

32594

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

5400

39048

Los Angeles - Crestview

4004

35222

Los Angeles - Del Rey

8544

28541

Los Angeles - Downtown*

16326

59352

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

13948

35232

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

9629

32878

Los Angeles - Echo Park

4541

31853

Los Angeles - El Sereno

17044

40767

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

1857

32511

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

3598

35375

Los Angeles - Encino

15419

34134

Los Angeles - Exposition

1289

38755

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

18371

40900

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

1282

35611

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

3823

43837

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

23000

48477

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

11097

35113

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

4224

39242

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

21750

37377

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

10155

47222

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

4792

28124

Los Angeles - Harbor City

9514

32728

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

15849

36351

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

654

27148

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

6191

34328

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

18159

47869

Los Angeles - Highland Park

17376

35908

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

5548

40000

Los Angeles - Hollywood

21875

32049

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

7764

26378

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

12058

42248

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

3178

39366

Los Angeles - Koreatown

16334

31598

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

1610

35315

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

16452

38980

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

6185

47095

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

5855

38431

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

12907

39596

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

3071

38268

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

8734

30815

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

1525

48675

Los Angeles - Longwood

1810

42054

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

6486

30017

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

3283

38461

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

912

29193

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

11123

26190

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

974

22339

Los Angeles - Melrose

26532

34148

Los Angeles - Mid-city

4546

30246

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

4990

27745

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

12033

49880

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

8304

34392

Los Angeles - North Hills

25512

41432

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

59602

39362

Los Angeles - Northridge

25911

37123

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

5100

23954

Los Angeles - Pacoima

39093

50784

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

932

24233

Los Angeles - Palms

12235

27885

Los Angeles - Panorama City

33807

44926

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

3294

24256

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

16473

39370

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

612

19149

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

3483

31817

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

10693

30047

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

2279

34741

Los Angeles - Regent Square

885

31835

Los Angeles - Reseda

32473

42384

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

1820

39258

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

1194

28240

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

26547

34018

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

1334

30032

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

28064

32164

Los Angeles - Silverlake

13424

30452

Los Angeles - South Carthay

3310

31241

Los Angeles - South Park

16987

44749

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

1889

41209

Los Angeles - Studio City

7143

31832

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

23433

44649

Los Angeles - Sunland

6986

34232

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

211

32612

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

42516

51598

Los Angeles - Tarzana

10674

34571

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

13627

34514

Los Angeles - Thai Town

2829

28841

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

2594

29802

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

532

40735

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

480

25834

Los Angeles - Tujunga

9081

32654

Los Angeles - University Hills

941

27442

Los Angeles - University Park

11704

42628

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

11326

37733

Los Angeles - Valley Village

8654

35008

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

37992

40767

Los Angeles - Venice

9258

27322

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

7571

44017

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

3781

49380

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

18897

45882

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

24856

47802

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

2843

33849

Los Angeles - View Heights

1128

30536

Los Angeles - Watts

19837

46485

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

1865

37945

Los Angeles - West Adams

11053

40004

Los Angeles - West Hills

13127

32376

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

11811

31382

Los Angeles - West Vernon

24948

46507

Los Angeles - Westchester

14086

27297

Los Angeles - Westlake

21076

35508

Los Angeles - Westwood

16913

31257

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

22527

62352

Los Angeles - Wilmington

23878

42272

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

17275

34433

Los Angeles - Winnetka

20189

38985

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

20911

30727

Unincorporated - Acton

2039

25580

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

1003

24122

Unincorporated - Altadena

11893

27265

Unincorporated - Anaverde

425

28183

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

92

7390

Unincorporated - Arcadia

2294

28743

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

2837

57933

Unincorporated - Athens Village

17731

41777

Unincorporated - Avocado Heights

2749

40576

Unincorporated - Azusa

6424

40344

Unincorporated - Bassett

6266

42289

Unincorporated - Bouquet Canyon

207

19292

Unincorporated - Bradbury

137

126852

Unincorporated - Canyon Country

3808

49275

Unincorporated - Castaic*

9791

36008

Unincorporated - Cerritos

193

32879

Unincorporated - Charter Oak

10

50000

Unincorporated - Claremont

160

22792

Unincorporated - Covina

6324

37600

Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak)

5111

38885

Unincorporated - Del Aire

1236

28136

Unincorporated - Del Rey

149

46855

Unincorporated - Del Sur

708

29317

Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands

965

38708

Unincorporated - Duarte

2035

45958

Unincorporated - East Covina

91

27660

Unincorporated - East La Mirada

1662

31406

Unincorporated - East Lancaster

44

38596

Unincorporated - East Los Angeles

59029

47122

Unincorporated - East Pasadena

434

6778

Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez

6416

41913

Unincorporated - East Whittier

1448

27290

Unincorporated - El Camino Village

2784

31669

Unincorporated - El Monte

1

690

Unincorporated - Elizabeth Lake

290

17459

Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone

30610

47307

Unincorporated - Franklin Canyon

2

16667

Unincorporated - Glendora

199

30152

Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights

16749

29949

Unincorporated - Harbor Gateway

4

400000

Unincorporated - Hawthorne

765

30430

Unincorporated - Hi Vista

175

15938

Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons

324

22946

Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose

4542

22938

Unincorporated - La Habra Heights

21

3107

Unincorporated - La Rambla

939

45253

Unincorporated - La Verne*

667

32696

Unincorporated - Ladera Heights

2118

29953

Unincorporated - Lake Hughes

207

30988

Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles

4105

31592

Unincorporated - Lake Manor

468

28484

Unincorporated - Lakewood

28

24561

Unincorporated - Lennox

7732

34300

Unincorporated - Leona Valley

315

17990

Unincorporated - Littlerock

1427

35489

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills

365

28142

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom

1332

37321

Unincorporated - Llano

109

12429

Unincorporated - Marina del Rey

2774

29476

Unincorporated - Miracle Mile

0

0

Unincorporated - Monrovia

1143

29451

Unincorporated - Newhall

107

48636

Unincorporated - North Lancaster

515

42988

Unincorporated - North Whittier

3179

38026

Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel

5383

22396

Unincorporated - Padua Hills

38

17674

Unincorporated - Palmdale

270

32067

Unincorporated - Palos Verdes Peninsula

130

20934

Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano

436

22290

Unincorporated - Pellissier Village

377

60905

Unincorporated - Placerita Canyon

24

5217

Unincorporated - Pomona

127

6553

Unincorporated - Quartz Hill

3948

30590

Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez

1227

46110

Unincorporated - Roosevelt

284

30505

Unincorporated - Rosewood

518

40280

Unincorporated - Rosewood/East Gardena

552

46270

Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez

1366

40643

Unincorporated - Rowland Heights

12602

24699

Unincorporated - San Clemente Island

0

0

Unincorporated - San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon

44

5128

Unincorporated - San Jose Hills

8013

39627

Unincorporated - San Pasqual

91

4472

Unincorporated - Sand Canyon

63

20455

Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island

597

223596

Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains*

3994

21449

Unincorporated - Saugus

347

223871

Unincorporated - Saugus/Canyon Country

135

37921

Unincorporated - South Antelope Valley

123

27033

Unincorporated - South El Monte

768

42786

Unincorporated - South San Gabriel

3255

36788

Unincorporated - South Whittier

21864

36919

Unincorporated - Southeast Antelope Valley

252

32266

Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch

6057

28890

Unincorporated - Sun Village

2158

35752

Unincorporated - Sunrise Village

596

45988

Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain

441

26598

Unincorporated - Val Verde

1229

37141

Unincorporated - Valencia

948

30859

Unincorporated - Valinda

9743

41688

Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills

3681

31637

Unincorporated - Walnut Park

7507

46503

Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley

190

12574

Unincorporated - West Carson

8432

38178

Unincorporated - West Chatsworth

5

41667

Unincorporated - West LA

901

94643

Unincorporated - West Puente Valley

4292

43640

Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez

503

37013

Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos

10884

40423

Unincorporated - Westfield/Academy Hills

257

19769

Unincorporated - Westhills

203

24195

Unincorporated - White Fence Farms

942

25577

Unincorporated - Whittier

1014

26797

Unincorporated - Whittier Narrows

76

633333

Unincorporated - Willowbrook

16877

48340

Unincorporated - Wiseburn

1928

31989

- Under Investigation

72049

* --Case and death numbers include cases identified among persons detained at correctional facilities located in the city/community

Data are subject to change based on further investigation





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