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Areas hardest hit by COVID-19 in LA County are least likely to be vaccinated

In the push to inoculate as many people as possible with a limited supply of coronavirus vaccine, public health officials in Los Angeles County have noticed a disturbing trend they say is indicative of the coronavirus pandemic overall and the health care system in general. Those in communities hit hardest by the coronavirus were now the least likely to be vaccinated, and those disparities fell largely along both economic and racial lines. Among the top 10 communities with the highest rates of co...
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With coronavirus trending downward, LA County inches to within reach of less-restrictive red tier

Los Angeles County took a huge leap Tuesday, March 2,  in hopes to reopen its economy and further loosen its public health limits, watching its coronavirus case rates fall to just shy of the threshold for the state’s less-restrictive red tier. According to the state’s latest update, the county’s adjusted case rate stood at 7.2 cases per day per 100,000, right on the cusp being able to move out of the most restrictive “purple” public health tier — a status it has never attained since the state in...
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LA County, city, school-district sites gear up for Monday’s massive new wave of vaccine-seekers

With an estimated 1.2 million more people eligible for coronavirus vaccines on Monday, March 1, Los Angeles County will operate with its largest-ever infrastructure for delivering the sought-after inoculations this week. But health officials said residents will have to be patient while vaccine supplies remain thin and sporadic, and while staff are being trained to tighten up procedures to ensure only eligible people receive shots. County health officials expressed hope that conditions will impro...
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Here’s what’s next for West Covina, as it builds its own health department

The West Covina City Council made a bold statement by voting to terminate services with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health last week as the community — and other local cities, many contemplating their own such moves — looked on. The hard part, however, lies ahead: Creating a team that can deliver all the state-mandated services of an independent health department. It’s not just the roles amplified during the county’s response to COVID-19 outbreak, but also scores of other tasks i...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Government, Senate, Paul Simon, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Healthcare, Community, Lausd, City Council, Pasadena, Amy


LA County hospitalizations for COVID-19 reach lowest levels since before winter surge

Less than 2,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles as of Thursday, Feb. 25, reaching the lowest levels since before the winter surge that began with Thanksgiving gatherings three months ago. As of Thursday, there were 1,886 people in L.A. County hospitals that tested positive for the coronavirus, based on a state database. Roughly 30% of the patients were in intensive care units. A similar number of hospitalized patients last occurred Nov. 25, when 1,893 people were recorded h...
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LA County surpasses 20,000 coronavirus deaths

A day after the nation surpassed the jolting milestone of 500,000 lives lost to the pandemic, Los Angeles County surpassed its own grim milestone on Tuesday, Feb. 23 — 20,000 COVID-19-related deaths. The county reported another 157 deaths on Tuesday. For the family and friends of the 20,057 people claimed by the outbreak — fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and grandparents … nurses, doctors, teachers, law officers, grocery workers and so many more — that number is very real and very painful. R...
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‘Partial herd immunity’ emerging, but some challenge the value of that status

It was nearly a year ago when Gov. Gavin Newsom, not long into a statewide lockdown, referenced the elephant in the COVID-19 room: herd immunity. The concept was frightening to many; with no vaccine in sight, they feared the only way it could be attained was for the virus to have infected enough people to have run out of hosts. Estimates of the looming toll at the time were chilling: as many as 840,000 Californians dead and 1.4 million seriously ill. National, state and local officials, meanwhil...
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Newsom touts new Southern California vaccine pop-ups as counties transition to Blue Shield network

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited two federally funded pop-up coronavirus vaccination sites in Southern California on Sunday, Feb. 21, part of a statewide tour of such spots aimed at immunizing the state’s hardest-hit communities. The visit coincided with the launch of the transition to a new centralized system — which will include Riverside County in its first wave — to manage the state’s thus-far bumpy rollout of the badly needed vaccine. Newsom, flanked by several local elected leaders, said the mobi...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Associated Press, Pfizer, Blue Shield, Orange County, Riverside County


Coronavirus: Schools line up to reopen as LA County lays out the path

With coronavirus case rates in Los Angeles County now below a level deemed acceptable by the state to open grade schools, students at close to 300 elementary school were poised to get back to class and hundreds more schools could open in a matter of weeks. Average daily case rates in L.A. County reached 20 per 100,000 people as of Tuesday, officially falling below the state’s threshold of 25 cases per 100,000 to open schools grades Pre-Kindergarten to 6th Grade. For those schools that do reopen,...
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CDC says it’s safe to reopen schools, even without vaccinating teachers

By COLLIN BINKLEY and MIKE STOBBE | Associated Press The nation’s top public health agency said Friday that in-person schooling can resume safely with masks, social distancing and other strategies, but vaccination of teachers, while important, is not a prerequisite for reopening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its long-awaited road map for getting students back to classrooms in the middle of a pandemic. But its guidance is just that — the agency cannot force schools to r...
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LA County looks to next phase of vaccinations: Essential workers

With coronavirus numbers still claiming disproportionately high numbers of Latino and Black lives, Los Angeles County officials on Wednesday said that workers in education, food, agricultural, and public safety will be eligible for vaccines within a couple of weeks, as the county moves into a new immunization phase. The announcement came as the county scrambles to get vaccines to the 80% of the county’s 65-and-older population who have not yet been vaccinated. So far, 20 % have received at least...
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LA County vows to increase equity for coronavirus vaccines in hardest hit areas

One of the key aspects health officials tried to rely on to ensure the coronavirus vaccine reaches people in communities hardest hit by the virus involved using dozens of federally qualified health clinics specially tailored to provide care in underserved areas. There was just one problem. The vaccines being administered at those health clinics were not earmarked in any way for patients who use the clinic or for other people in the nearby community. Instead, many of those vaccination appointment...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Blacks, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, Board of Supervisors, LA County, Ryan Carter, Solis


L.A. County confirms 9 new cases of MIS-C in children

Los Angeles County reported 4,860 new cases of COVID-19 and 193 additional deaths on Saturday, Jan. 6, and confirmed nine new cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. The number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals was 4,421, according to the state dashboard, with 28.8% of those people in intensive care units. The latest cases of MIS-C bring the total number of children infected in the county to 75, including one death. MIS-C is an inflammatory condition associated with COV...
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Coronavirus hospitalizations continue to decline in LA County

As the number of people being treated in hospitals for coronavirus continued its descent on Friday, Jan. 29, Los Angeles County loosened more restrictions on restaurants and and other businesses. Hospitalizations fell to 5,669, according to the state dashboard — nearly 200 fewer than Thursday’s total and more than 2,000 below than the county’s statistical peak, hit on Jan 3, of 8,098. The number of patients in intensive-care units inched lower, too, from 1,503 on Thursday to 1,498, the first tim...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Restaurants, Paul Simon, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Davis, Community, Simon, Los Angeles County, Ralph, LA County


Reaction mixed on idea that LA County’s elementary schools can reopen within weeks

District officials throughout Los Angeles County offered up a mixture of guarded optimism and skepticism on Thursday, Jan. 28, in response to the idea that elementary schools may start to reopen in a few weeks if COVID-19 cases continue falling at its current pace. Despite remarks by county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer one day earlier that elementary classrooms could begin reopening within a month if everyone does their part to ensure coronavirus transmission rates keep dropping, the qu...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Garcia, Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health, California Teachers Association, Alhambra, Board of Supervisors


LA County surpasses 16,000 deaths as restaurants prepare for return of outdoor dining

As Los Angeles County restaurant owners were getting ready for a return to outdoor dining on Friday, the pandemic proved it was far from over, as the county surpassed 16,000 fatalities linked to COVID-19 on Thursday, Jan. 28. Deaths are considered a lagging indicator, among the last statistics to move — after hospitalizations and cases, which have been declining in recent weeks. While officials believe the coronavirus pandemic could be waning, it was still very real for the loved ones of another...
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LA City Council focuses on equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines

Several Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday, Jan. 27, grilled county health and fire department officials about their efforts to roll out vaccines in communities that have been the most vulnerable to COVID-19, such as Boyle Heights, Pacoima, MacArthur Park and South Los Angeles. Those areas have among the highest COVID-19 death and case rates, but recent statistics from the county have shown that vaccination rates have been higher in more affluent areas, such as the west San Fernando V...
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L.A. County surpasses 15,000 coronavirus deaths

Los Angeles County eclipsed the sad milestone of 15,000 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, Jan. 23, as another 269 fatalities pushed the county’s death toll to 15,162 since the pandemic began. As the current surge continued to rage, the county has endured more than 5,000 deaths since Dec. 30, officials said. The news arrived, however, amid recent glimmers of hope, as deaths, new cases and hospitalizations have begun to show signs of inching downward, though still at levels that overtax healthcare t...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Uncategorized, Paul Simon, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Community, Compton, Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health, Ferrer


5 vaccination mega-centers open in L.A. County today – but are there enough doses to stock them?

Fueled by an increasingly uncertain supply of much-coveted coronavirus vaccines, Los Angeles County aimed to roll out five new large-scale vaccination centers, all at high-profile settings around the region, on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The array of new vaccination centers will be in addition to the giant parking-lot clinic at Dodger Stadium — perhaps the largest vaccination site in the nation — and 75 smaller sites the county is already operating. Though all the sites are quite recognizable to Southlan...
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11,366 new cases reported as L.A. County battles new coronavirus strain

Officials urged residents to adhere to Los Angeles County’s “Safer at Home” orders a day after public health officials confirmed that the swifter spreading B.1.1.7 variant of coronavirus was present in the county. Health officials reported 11,366 new cases of COVID-19 and 108 additional deaths on Sunday, Jan. 17, bringing the county’s totals to 1,014,662 cases and 13,848 fatalities. County health officials said, however, that the number of new cases reported Sunday reflects an undercount because...
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First case of COVID-19 UK variant confirmed in Los Angeles County

Public Health officials on Saturday, Jan. 16 confirmed the faster-spreading UK variant of COVID-19 has reached Los Angeles. An infected person, only described as “male,” recently “spent time” in Los Angeles County before traveling to Oregon, where he is currently isolated. The variant was confirmed by Quest Laboratories in Washington state. No other information on where the man was in the LA area was immediately available. Although it is the first confirmed case of the variant in Los Angeles Cou...
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L.A. County surpasses 900,000 coronavirus cases and 12,000 deaths

Eclipsing two sad milestones on the same day, Los Angeles County surpassed 900,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 12,000 deaths, public health officials reported Saturday, Jan. 9. The county posted 221 new deaths and 16,982 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. As the post-holiday surge appeared to be at full strength, health officials confirmed that the county had lost more 1,000 lives to COVID-19 in the past four days and posted more than 100,000 new cases in the last week. With overtaxed local ...
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Superintendents from urban districts critical of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s school reopening plan

Several superintendents representing some of the state’s largest urban school districts are criticizing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s school reopening plan, saying it likely would benefit students from more affluent districts while low-income children in communities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic remain in distance learning. In a seven-page letter dated Wednesday, Jan. 6, school chiefs from Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno, Long Beach, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento called Newsom’s proposal ...
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At jammed San Fernando Valley hospital, staff strives to stay focused amid torrent of COVID

At one hospital in the northeast San Fernando Valley, where there were more than 170 patients sick with coronavirus this week, healthcare workers and hospitals officials say they have been stretched to previously unimaginable levels. “We thought we were maxed out” when Los Angeles County’s first surge of COVID-19 cases hit in April and May, said Elizabeth Chow, the executive nurse of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center’s critical care units. They reached a peak of around 60 patients at that tim...
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Nearly 500 COVID deaths in L.A. County over holiday weekend if new fatality numbers are confirmed

Nearly 500 people in Los Angeles County died of COVID-19 over the long holiday weekend if the latest reports of coronavirus-related fatalities are confirmed — a development that would also bring the total number of COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic to just under 10,000, county public health officials said Monday, Dec. 28. Adding to that grim news was the fact that 6,914 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in L.A. County on Monday, another record for daily hospitalizations, acc...
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13,580 new coronavirus cases logged in LA County; hospitalizations keep climbing

Registered nurse Leslie Clark discards her protective gloves after collecting a nasal swab sample from a woman at a COVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Hospitals in central and Southern California are quickly running out of intensive care unit beds for coronavirus patients and state officials are poised to extend the strictest stay-at-home orders there as conditions worsen before the post-holiday surge hits. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Administrative worker Leslie Castillo...
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Health officials collectively hold breath as holidays threaten to worsen coronavirus surge

As Los Angeles County hospitals fill rapidly with COVID-19 cases, often beyond the ability to immediately find patient beds, health officials today fretfully awaited another holiday weekend that threatens to spread the virus even further, potentially leaving medical centers completely overrun. So far, the deaths of 6,499 people in L.A. County have been attributed to COVID-19. The county on Thursday, Dec. 24, set another single-day record for COVID-19 fatalities — 148 — having broken the record a...
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Faith leaders encourage coronavirus vaccinations among Southern California worshippers

As hospital and health-care workers across Southern California began lining up this week for the much-anticipated coronavirus vaccines, excitement over the potential antidote to the virus’s ferocious spread this winter has been dampened by skepticism over the safety, efficacy and morality of the treatments. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll in late November and early December, as Pfizer and Moderna prepared to roll out their vaccines, about 71% of survey respondents said they would ge...
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More Southern California kids are killing themselves during coronavirus pandemic

Melinda Robbins was driving home with her family in late August when she learned a former student had killed himself. “I cried all the way home,” the high school language arts teacher said. “His passing broke me.” In spring, the boy left her class at Lee Pollard High School in the Corona-Norco Unified School District and shifted to home schooling. “This is not the first student that I’ve lost in my career, and I hope and pray it will be the last,” Robbins said. More Southern California children ...
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Coronavirus: Southern California’s ICU availability index tumbles again – to 1.7%

Now looming dangerously close to zero, intensive-care bed capacity at Southern California hospitals declined for the eighth day in a row on Tuesday, Dec. 15, as state officials reported a 1.7% availability rate. The current index fell a full percentage point from Monday’s 2.7% level. The closely watched ICU index triggered a state-mandated stay-at-home order when capacity tumbled to 10.9% on Monday, Dec. 7. And the number has consistently fallen since then. The steady decline is alarming. On Sun...
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