LOS ANGELES, Calif. Nov 10 – This past week, there were 101 new cases reported among people experiencing homelessness. Sixty-six of these are cases from previous weeks that have been newly identified as being associated with people experiencing homelessness that are now included in the case totals. Tragically, five people experiencing homelessness passed away from COVID-19 this past week. To date, 9,626 people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County have tested positive for COVID-19 and 255 people who were experiencing homelessness have passed away from COVID-19. Of those people who passed away, 120 were sheltered and 83 were unsheltered, and for 52 people who passed away, the shelter status was unknown.
There are 1,458 providers administering vaccinations to people experiencing homelessness; together, they have administered over 64,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccine across Los Angeles County; 40,372 people experiencing homelessness are fully vaccinated. Approximately 152 vaccination events took place from October 23 to November 5 at various venues including food banks, shelters, public libraries, clinics, and encampments.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues to work closely with partner organizations to reach out to people experiencing homelessness. Public Health is also preparing for winter by working with interim housing managers to reinforce existing guidance for infection prevention and control, and encouraging staff and clients to complete their vaccinations.
Public Health is reviewing plans with homeless shelters and service providers in anticipation of an influx of residents.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has a Winter Shelter Program available to protect people experiencing homelessness during Los Angeles’s colder months. Winter Shelters are located across the County and will be operating 24 hours a day this year due to COVID?19. Locations and more information are online at www.lahsa.org/winter-shelter or by calling the L.A. County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone.
Today, Public Health confirms 34 new deaths and 1,497 new cases of COVID-19. Eighteen deaths in today’s count were from backlogs due to the now-resolved technical problem leading to yesterday’s undercount. Of the 34 new deaths reported today, 11 people who passed away were over the age of 80, 14 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, eight people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and one person who died was between the ages of 30 and 49. To date, Public Health has identified 1,506,305 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 26,796 deaths.
There are 630 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 26% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for more than 9,190,000 individuals, with 15% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 1.2%.
“I send my heartfelt condolences to everyone mourning the loss of a loved one to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Given the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to circulate in communities, including among people experiencing homelessness, we continue working with shelters and interim housing to prepare for increased need for services. Sites providing support to people experiencing homelessness are reviewing infection control protocols, ensuring isolation and quarantine capacity, and increasing efforts to vaccinate staff and guests, many who are eligible for boosters. We are grateful for their continued efforts to protect those most vulnerable.”
Anyone five years and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.
Vaccine providers across Los Angeles County are also administering booster doses for all three FDA-approved vaccines; Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. People eligible for boosters include adults of any age who received their first Johnson & Johnson dose at least two months ago, and people who got the second dose of their Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago and are 65-plus years old or are over 18 and live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions, or work or live in high-risk settings.
On November 10, 2021, the California Department of Public Health updated the vaccines administered population denominator to include children between ages 5 and 11 now eligible for vaccination. As a result, the total percentage of the population vaccinated has decreased.
As of November 10, California has confirmed a total of 4,714,839 COVID-19 cases and 72,132 deaths.