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For Immediate Release:

September 22, 2023

Residents Encouraged to Get Updated COVID-19 Vaccine for Maximum Protection Against Severe Illness

As the new updated COVID-19 vaccine becomes available across Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) encourages residents to make a plan to get vaccinated in order to have the best protection against severe illness, hospitalization, long COVID and death from COVID-19.

A newly available COVID-19 vaccine, with no out-of-pocket cost regardless of insurance or immigration status, is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, even if they received an earlier vaccine, had COVID-19 previously or have never been vaccinated against COVID-19 before. Immunity to COVID infections wanes over time and with new variant strains circulating, there is increased potential for infection. The updated vaccine is safe and provides effective protection against severe illness from COVID-19 strains that are circulating now.

Residents 6 months and older should receive at least one dose of the updated vaccine. To maximize protection, it is recommended that a person wait two months since their last dose if they have been recently vaccinated against COVID-19 or they can wait up to three months after a COVID infection. For children under 5 years old or people who are immunocompromised, Public Health recommends speaking to a provider about the most effective timing and dosing for the updated COVID-19 vaccine; multiple doses of the updated vaccine may be recommended.

Certain groups of people, including people over 65, people who are pregnant, and people with underlying or chronic conditions, are more susceptible to severe outcomes from COVID-19 and should prioritize vaccination. For groups who are more vulnerable and the general public, Public Health has compiled information online. Resources about COVID-19 and other vaccines, including how they work, recommended doses for vulnerable groups, such as infants and toddlers, and how to get vaccinated in Los Angeles County can be found at publichealth.lacounty.gov/vaccines/.

Links on the Public Health vaccine site will allow residents to find vaccine providers near their home or work and make appointments for themselves and family members. Through myturn.ca.gov, residents can see which providers have doses available, including doses that can be administered under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Bridge Access Program or Vaccine for Children program, both options for people who are uninsured or underinsured to receive the vaccine at no cost.

Under the Affordable Care Act and CARES policy, private insurance companies are required to cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine within 15 business days of the CDC recommendation, which is Oct. 3. Using an out-of-network provider or pharmacy may incur a charge depending on individual plans. If a person’s health insurance does not cover COVID-19 vaccine costs, the person may be considered underinsured and should be eligible for the Bridge Access Program or Vaccine for Children program.

The Vaccine for Children program covers updated COVID-19 vaccination in addition to other recommended childhood vaccines, including those that are required for school. Parents can visit bit.ly.VaccineForChildrenSites to find a location that is convenient for them.

Many pharmacies across Los Angeles County have received vaccine doses and started vaccinating. Public Health vaccine distribution sites, located at Ted Watkins Memorial Park in South Los Angeles and Obregon Park in East Los Angeles, in addition to six local Public Health Centers will begin administering the updated COVID-19 vaccine shortly once doses have arrived from the manufacturer. Residents will be able to drop-in or make appointments to be vaccinated and can visit myturn.ca.gov to check if appointments have opened.

Working with skilled nursing facilities, faith-based organizations and other community partners, Public Health has begun providing the updated COVID-19 vaccine at mobile sites throughout the county, particularly at sites where elderly residents live or congregate. Hosting a mobile vaccine clinic is easy and free. To learn more or to request a mobile vaccination team at your event, visit VaccinateLACounty.com.

Information is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., from the Public Health Call Center at 1-833-540-0473. This free service is available to answer questions about COVID-19 and the updated vaccine. Callers can also get help finding sites with available vaccine, scheduling appointments or arranging a free homebound vaccine appointment.

Due to the number of COVID-19 cases that are not reported to Public Health, wastewater concentrations of SARS CoV-2 provide more complete information about transmission levels in our community. This measure tracks virus levels in wastewater and is not dependent on cases reported or captured through testing. For the last reporting period, SARS CoV-2 wastewater concentrations were at 38 percent of the 2022-2023 Winter Peak, indicating continued elevated rates of community transmission. The wastewater concentrations have been steadily increasing, slowly, for the past seven weeks since Aug. 2, when Los Angeles County reported wastewater concentrations that were 12 percent of the Winter 2022-23 peak.

However, hospitalization rates remain steady. Los Angeles County remains in the CDC Low Hospital Admission Level with 7.6 weekly COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people, reported on Sept. 18 for the seven-day period ending Sept. 9. The daily average of the number of COVID-19 positive hospitalized individuals in Los Angeles County dropped slightly from last week to 597. Sadly, this week there were a daily average of four COVID-19 deaths, compared to the low of one average daily death reported three weeks ago. This likely reflects the fact that COVID-19 deaths often increase a few weeks after there is an increase in hospitalizations. Should hospitalization numbers continue to decline, COVID-19 deaths should also start to decline in October.

The COVID-19 Response Plan for Los Angeles County has been updated to reflect the current metrics and guidance we will be using to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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

9/20/2023

9/13/2023

9/6/2023

8/30/2023

Daily average cases

475

558

569

571

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

38%

33%

29%

26%

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

3.8%

4.9%

5.0%

5.1%

Daily average number of COVID-positive hospitalizations

597*

620

561

523

Daily average deaths

4.0

4.0

1.3

1.0

Percent of all deaths due to COVID-19

3.1%

2.5%

2.7%

2.6%

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.

*The hospitalization average reported on 9/20 is for a Saturday-Friday period, rather than a Sunday-Saturday period due to a data reporting issue from one hospital group.

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 do not include Long Beach and Pasadena; daily average deaths 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/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

• CDC Spanish: https://espanol.cdc.gov/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 9/18/2023

Total Cases

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

3,800,942

Deaths (includes LB and Pas)

36,710

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

- 0 to 4

114,891

- 5 to 11

284,657

- 12 to 17

279,435

- 18 to 29

766,377

- 30 to 49

1,149,819

- 50 to 64

626,172

- 65 to 79

274,047

- over 80

97,957

- Under Investigation

2,594

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

- Female

1,858,640

- Male

1,646,016

- Other

1,869

- Under Investigation

89,424

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

6,833

- Asian

268,815

- Black

190,906

- Hispanic/Latino

1,531,404

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

17,972

- White

501,533

- Other

415,035

- Under Investigation

663,451

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)

185,298

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

82

- Asian

4,567

- Black

3,275

- Hispanic/Latino

16,950

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

115

- White

9,298

- Other

441

- Under Investigation

96

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

6449

30882

City of Alhambra

25973

29949

City of Arcadia

13999

24239

City of Artesia

6160

36678

City of Avalon

292

7547

City of Azusa

17745

35462

City of Baldwin Park

30071

39171

City of Bell

17174

47270

City of Bell Gardens

17352

40287

City of Bellflower

31270

40226

City of Beverly Hills

11771

34099

City of Bradbury

71

6642

City of Burbank

33400

31163

City of Calabasas

5986

24610

City of Carson

35641

37978

City of Cerritos

13682

27327

City of Claremont

10545

28903

City of Commerce*

5933

45398

City of Compton

40920

40959

City of Covina

20614

42042

City of Cudahy

12322

50610

City of Culver City

12235

30691

City of Diamond Bar

13927

24215

City of Downey

47432

41511

City of Duarte

7619

34607

City of El Monte

43366

36980

City of El Segundo

4175

24872

City of Gardena

22309

36387

City of Glendale

61294

29683

City of Glendora

15399

29185

City of Hawaiian Gardens

5079

34608

City of Hawthorne

30185

33997

City of Hermosa Beach

4825

24530

City of Hidden Hills

394

20847

City of Huntington Park

26601

44720

City of Industry

1031

235927

City of Inglewood

39468

34748

City of Irwindale

899

61618

City of La Canada Flintridge

4660

22520

City of La Habra Heights

215

3941

City of La Mirada

14512

29259

City of La Puente

16173

39740

City of La Verne

9389

28210

City of Lakewood

27606

34352

City of Lancaster*

65191

40348

City of Lawndale

10771

32043

City of Lomita

6225

30030

City of Lynwood*

31737

44050

City of Malibu

2932

22622

City of Manhattan Beach

7596

21101

City of Maywood

12955

46187

City of Monrovia

12045

31044

City of Montebello

25833

40129

City of Monterey Park

17831

28639

City of Norwalk

43649

40558

City of Palmdale

67792

42645

City of Palos Verdes Estates

2331

17239

City of Paramount

23017

41085

City of Pico Rivera

28456

44266

City of Pomona

66514

42656

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

8015

18750

City of Redondo Beach

15968

23244

City of Rolling Hills

303

15619

City of Rolling Hills Estates

1585

19537

City of Rosemead

15483

27973

City of San Dimas*

11270

32652

City of San Fernando

12925

52515

City of San Gabriel

11679

28517

City of San Marino

2473

18626

City of Santa Clarita

74985

34019

City of Santa Fe Springs

7993

43525

City of Santa Monica

27128

29345

City of Sierra Madre

2475

22523

City of Signal Hill

4174

35382

City of South El Monte

8520

40795

City of South Gate

47720

48617

City of South Pasadena

6446

24742

City of Temple City

10927

29974

City of Torrance

35272

23630

City of Vernon

360

172249

City of Walnut

7716

25272

City of West Covina

40184

37127

City of West Hollywood

11467

31033

City of Westlake Village

458

5478

City of Whittier

31748

36312

Los Angeles

1552036

38373

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

3251

39637

Los Angeles - Alsace

4612

37059

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

0

0

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

853

34093

Los Angeles - Arleta

17111

49785

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

5165

35218

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

10455

33590

Los Angeles - Bel Air

2512

29802

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

3402

27162

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

4291

32574

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

40958

47141

Los Angeles - Brentwood

8601

27785

Los Angeles - Brookside

158

27194

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

2329

32706

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

25752

39443

Los Angeles - Carthay

4492

31275

Los Angeles - Central

17187

44078

Los Angeles - Century City

3842

30034

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

16544

48996

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

13217

35663

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

2613

28492

Los Angeles - Chinatown

3006

37477

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

5416

37216

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

4977

32845

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

5460

39482

Los Angeles - Crestview

4051

35635

Los Angeles - Del Rey

8638

28855

Los Angeles - Downtown*

16423

59705

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

14056

35505

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

9719

33185

Los Angeles - Echo Park

4560

31987

Los Angeles - El Sereno

17167

41062

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

1867

32686

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

3620

35591

Los Angeles - Encino

15545

34413

Los Angeles - Exposition

1310

39387

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

18483

41149

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

1291

35861

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

3850

44146

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

23136

48764

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

11173

35353

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

4259

39567

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

21958

37734

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

10229

47566

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

4824

28312

Los Angeles - Harbor City

9602

33031

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

15994

36683

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

658

27314

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

6234

34566

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

18306

48256

Los Angeles - Highland Park

17495

36153

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

5584

40260

Los Angeles - Hollywood

22047

32301

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

7820

26568

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

12177

42665

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

3207

39725

Los Angeles - Koreatown

16466

31853

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

1622

35578

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

16578

39279

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

6222

47377

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

5895

38694

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

12996

39869

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

3089

38492

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

8777

30967

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

1531

48867

Los Angeles - Longwood

1825

42402

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

6524

30193

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

3322

38918

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

925

29609

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

11225

26430

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

983

22546

Los Angeles - Melrose

26687

34348

Los Angeles - Mid-city

4585

30506

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

5029

27962

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

12140

50323

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

8362

34632

Los Angeles - North Hills

25780

41868

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

60031

39645

Los Angeles - Northridge

26117

37419

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

5156

24217

Los Angeles - Pacoima

39331

51093

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

947

24623

Los Angeles - Palms

12370

28192

Los Angeles - Panorama City

34030

45223

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

3310

24374

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

16591

39652

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

619

19368

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

3525

32201

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

10807

30367

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

2301

35076

Los Angeles - Regent Square

894

32158

Los Angeles - Reseda

32745

42739

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

1835

39582

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

1202

28430

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

26767

34300

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

1340

30167

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

28314

32450

Los Angeles - Silverlake

13519

30667

Los Angeles - South Carthay

3368

31789

Los Angeles - South Park

17069

44965

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

1899

41427

Los Angeles - Studio City

7189

32037

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

23563

44896

Los Angeles - Sunland

7044

34516

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

212

32767

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

42851

52005

Los Angeles - Tarzana

10767

34872

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

13689

34671

Los Angeles - Thai Town

2856

29116

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

2616

30055

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

537

41118

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

491

26426

Los Angeles - Tujunga

9157

32927

Los Angeles - University Hills

945

27559

Los Angeles - University Park

11736

42745

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

11413

38023

Los Angeles - Valley Village

8717

35263

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

38313

41111

Los Angeles - Venice

9329

27531

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

7641

44424

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

3807

49719

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

19008

46152

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

24963

48008

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

2862

34075

Los Angeles - View Heights

1142

30915

Los Angeles - Watts

19975

46808

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

1877

38189

Los Angeles - West Adams

11133

40293

Los Angeles - West Hills

13248

32675

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

11944

31736

Los Angeles - West Vernon

25087

46766

Los Angeles - Westchester

14237

27589

Los Angeles - Westlake

21217

35746

Los Angeles - Westwood

17065

31538

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

22669

62745

Los Angeles - Wilmington

24055

42585

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

17380

34642

Los Angeles - Winnetka

20347

39291

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

21149

31076

Unincorporated - Acton

2058

25819

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

1013

24363

Unincorporated - Altadena

12040

27602

Unincorporated - Anaverde

426

28249

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

94

7550

Unincorporated - Arcadia

2315

29006

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

2862

58444

Unincorporated - Athens Village

17911

42201

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