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LA County’s coronavirus hospitalizations dip to lowest level of pandemic

With case numbers falling and vaccinations rising, Los Angeles County’s average number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 has fallen to its lowest point since the onset of the pandemic, health officials said today. According to the Department of Public Health, the county’s five-day average daily number of people hospitalized due to COVID was 389 as of Friday. County health and elected officials have been touting vaccinations as the key to keeping hospital beds empty, noting that inoculated r...
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Fewer people want coronavirus vaccines than are available now in LA County

For the first time this week Los Angeles County had more vaccines than people who wanted to get them, according to the Department of Public Health, marking a critical juncture for the county’s vaccine efforts as it reaches toward a goal of 80% of the eligible population vaccinated. “That means 25% less people were vaccinated than the week before,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Tuesday, May 4. For those who want to get vaccinated, appointments should be more available and there ar...
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LA County’s nursing home complaint backlog won’t end soon

A rise in complaints and the coronavirus pandemic are delaying resolution of a backlog of complaints involving nursing homes and other health care facilities in L.A. County, officials say. About a quarter of “significantly backlogged complaints” that involve these facilities and are about three years old are expected to still be pending in October, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Public Health made the revelation in a formal response to a final report that raised...
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LA County officials push plummeting coronavirus rate at nursing homes as reason to get vaccinated

Again pointing to plummeting COVID-19 case numbers among skilled nursing facility residents and staff — who were among the hardest hit in the early days of the pandemic and then were the first to get vaccinated — Los Angeles County health officials said on Wednesday, April 28, that the facilities are a case study on the effectiveness of the inoculations. “Where we see high rates of vaccination, we are seeing transmission of COVID-19 plummet,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in ...
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More coronavirus vaccinations available without appointments; LA County numbers still improving

Los Angeles County reported 443 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 additional deaths on Saturday, April 24, as health officials prepared to resume administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after a pause due to concerns over rare instances of blood clots. The number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals dropped from 453 to 444, according to state figures, while the number of those patients in intensive care fell from 106 to 101. Saturday’s numbers brought the county’s totals to 1,231,...
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LA County vaccine allocations lag on heels of Johnson & Johnson production woes

Los Angeles County will receive about 73,000 fewer vaccine doses next week compared to this week, mostly due to a reduction in the supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which the county’s chief science officer Paul Simon said Friday was the result of vaccine shortages nationally. “We are concerned about the allocation, particularly the shortage of Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” Simon said. “We felt the effects here clearly. We really live week to week with what we know about the allocations.” The s...
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Audit Finds California’s Contact Tracing Failed To Meet Goals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Despite promises from Gov. Gavin Newsom to build an “army” of contact tracers to contain the coronavirus pandemic, a new audit says California mustered less than half of the number promised. But even if the staffing goals were met, it would not have been enough. The intended number of contact tracers was based on an assumption that California would average 5,000 new coronavirus infections a day. But the nation’s most populated state averaged 25,000 per day from la...
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LA County coronavirus case rates are dropping among homeless as well

Among those seeing fewer coronavirus infections in Los Angeles County are people experiencing homelessness, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health on Thursday, March 18. They accounted for 58 new cases this week compared to 620 new cases in late December during the height of the surge. And even the 58 cases represented a bit of an overcount with officials saying all but 10 were cases from previous weeks. Since the pandemic began, public health officials have identified 7,061 CO...
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As LA County opens up vaccines for millions with health challenges, officials urge patience

As infection and hospitalization rates continue to decline and Los Angeles County begins to turn the corner on recovery, officials have expanded vaccine access to include the region’s sickest and disabled as of Monday, March 15. But those who now qualify may have to wait days or weeks to get an appointment, officials said during a Monday news conference. Barbara Ferrer, director of the county’s Department of Public Health, said it may take a few weeks for qualified residents to get an appointmen...
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Catholic schools’ staffs get vaccinations at Loyola Marymount

Alan Traynor, a school caterer, receives his Moderna COVID-19 shot at the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles vaccination clinic at Loyola Marymount University on Monday, March 8, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) Rev. Patrick Mbazuigwe, pastor at All Souls Catholic Church in Alhambra, receives his Moderna COVID-19 shot at the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles vaccination clinic at Loyola Marymount University o...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Religion, Paul Simon, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Catholic, Lausd, Trump, Simon, Johnson Johnson, Burbank, Department of Public Health


LA County reports 22 deaths, 1,313 new coronavirus cases as major shipment of vaccines rolls in

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials reported 22 new deaths and 1,313 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, March 7. The lower-than-usual numbers may be reflective of scaled-back weekend record keeping, but marked significant decline from an uptick in mid-week numbers that raised concern for officials after weeks of statistical downturns. The new numbers brought the county’s totals to 1,203,152 cases and 22,029 deaths since the pandemic began. Nearly 5.9 mission county residents h...
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LA County tops 22,000 coronavirus deaths; MIS-C spreads to 116 children

Los Angeles County reported 1,823 new cases of COVID-19 and 98 additional deaths on Saturday, March 6, along with 16 additional cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, bringing the total cases of MIS-C in L.A. County to 116 children, including one child death. The number of coronavirus patients in L.A. County hospitals has fallen to 1,176, according to state health officials, with 361 in intensive care. That’s a huge drop from the peak of the winter surge in early January, when t...
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The Latest: Arizona lifts capacity limits; 19% vaccinated

By The Associated Press PHOENIX — One day after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey lifted capacity restrictions at restaurants, gyms and other businesses, the state reported 1,735 confirmed coronavirus cases. Arizona doesn’t have a statewide mask mandate. With 54 more confirmed deaths on Saturday, the totals rose to 825,119 cases and 16,323 deaths. The number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations dipped below 1,000 for the first time in four months. On Friday, 966 COVID-19 patients occupied inpatient bed...
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The Latest: Senate OKs $1.9T COVID bill, nears final passage

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed a sweeping pandemic relief package over Republican opposition, moving closer to a milestone political victory for President Joe Biden. The $1.9 trillion bill approved Saturday carries direct payments of up to $1,400 for most Americans, extended emergency unemployment benefits and spending for COVID-19 vaccines and testing. It also provides billions to states and cities, schools and ailing industries. Democrats say their “American Rescue ...
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The Latest: Ireland reaches half million vaccinations

By The Associated Press LONDON — Ireland has given out half a million coronavirus vaccinations about two months after the first inoculation. Prime Minister Micheal Martin says the health department announced the figure on Saturday. It includes both first and second doses and comes 63 days after the first shot was given to a Dublin senior citizen. “Good news,” Martin tweeted. “The vaccines are having a significant impact on mortality and serious illness.” Ireland has experienced a spike in infect...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, England, New York, Milan, Sweden, Minnesota, California, Cdc, Montana, Washington, Senate, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin


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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LA County discovers 806 additional deaths missing in first record of winter surge

Los Angeles County health officials said Wednesday, Feb. 24, they had discovered 806 additional deaths that were not yet accounted for after looking back through death records following the recent surge. The deaths that were missed until now came from the large number of fatalities that occurred in December and January as a result of the surge in infections, officials said. During those two months, more than 7,000 deaths occurred as a result of the coronavirus in L.A. County where a total of mor...
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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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Watchdog calls for LA County nursing home crisis plan in light of ‘serious’ deficiencies, gaps 

A Los Angeles County watchdog is calling for the Public Health Department to create a nursing home crisis and response plan in light of major safety problems that surfaced during the coronavirus pandemic. Two Pasadena nursing home evacuations last year revealed “serious operational deficiencies” in these facilities that threatened the safety of residents and gaps in state and county procedures for triggering an “effective, timely and coordinated response,” according to the second interim nursing...
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LA County’s vaccine mission keeps getting more complex

Los Angeles County’s mission to vaccinate roughly 8 million adults continues to get whole lot more complicated — and few of the solutions are worked out. Meanwhile, L.A. County could surpass 20,000 deaths over the weekend. On Friday, the county reported 150 new deaths and 2,459 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 19,662 deaths and positive cases to 1,176,772. Currently hospitalized with COVID-19 were 2,498 people, another significant decline. Bracing for the mammoth vac...
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LA County officials warn public to wait their turn for coronavirus vaccine

Los Angeles County health officials issued a stern warning on Friday, Feb. 5, for anyone trying to skip in line to receive a coronavirus vaccine. It appears some residents have shared a unique access code for acquiring second-dose appointments and using that access code to make first dose appointments. If anyone shows up to receive a vaccine with one of those appointments, Department of Public Health Chief Science Officer Dr. Paul Simon said they will be turned away. “It’s important for people t...
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LA County’s coronavirus death toll climbs past 17,000

Daily COVID-19 case numbers continued tumbling on Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Los Angeles County, but the death toll climbed above the 17,000 mark, with more than 200 new fatalities. The county Department of Public Health announced 205 virus deaths on Tuesday, raising the countywide cumulative total from throughout the pandemic to 17,057. Health officials noted that more than 7,000 COVID deaths have been reported over the past month, matching the total number of virus deaths that occurred between Februa...
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2nd case of United Kingdom variant confirmed in LA County as 316 more coronavirus deaths posted

Los Angeles County reported 6,918 new cases of COVID-19 and 316 additional deaths on Saturday, Jan. 30, as health officials also confirmed the second local case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 first discovered in the United Kingdom, and four additional cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). The B.1.1.7 specimen, submitted by a clinical facility, was sequenced as part of routine surveillance by the county’s Public Health Laboratory. The first confirmed case of B.1.1.7 was...
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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 County: More coronavirus vaccination appointments available this week

Los Angeles County officials said Sunday, Jan. 24, that appointments are available this week at the county’s five large coronavirus vaccination centers at Magic Mountain, the Pomona Fairplex, Cal State Northridge, the Forum in Inglewood and the County Office of Education in Downey. Appointments can be booked at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/index.htm. Residents who receive their first dose of the vaccine at a county-run large capacity vaccination site will be provided t...
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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...
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LA County officials vow improvements in coronavirus vaccination system

Los Angeles County health officials were hopeful on Friday, Jan. 22, that a new statewide website for booking coronavirus appointments will make the process a whole lot easier than it was this week, when the process was marred by technical hiccups and too few slots to meet the epic demand. Meanwhile, public health officials  reported 256 deaths on Friday along with 9,277 new cases, for pandemic-long totals of 14,894 and 1,054,802, respectively. Signs were still indicating that transmission of th...
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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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Coronavirus vaccine shipments unpredictable, says LA County’s chief science officer

Los Angeles County health officials said on Friday, Jan. 15, their vaccination efforts have been stymied by a short supply of doses and an unpredictable shipment schedule that’s making it tough to plan. Within the state’s most populous county, about 219,000 healthcare workers have received their first vaccine doses while about 60,000 have had their second dose, according to Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the county Department of Public Health. Simon anticipates 200,000 more healthcare...
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