1,263 New Positive Cases and 16 New Deaths Due to COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 8 – Today, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 16 additional deaths and 1,263 new positive cases of COVID-19. Of the 16 new deaths reported today, one person was between the ages of 30-49, five people were between the ages of 50-64, five people were between the ages of 65-79, and five people were aged 80 years or older. Of the 16 newly reported deaths, 13 people had underlying health conditions. To date, the total number of deaths in L.A. County is 31,770.

Public Health has reported a total of 2,843,599 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County. The cumulative case counts include 2,991 cases identified through internal quality assurance and integration activities. These cases have episode dates between 9/3/2020 to 3/16/2022. Today’s positivity rate is 1.2%.

There are 275 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for more than 11,743,000 individuals, with 22% of people testing positive.

With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, residents planning to gather for upcoming Spring holidays should follow all safety precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19 or being part of an outbreak. While outbreaks in many sectors remain low, Public Health cautions that gatherings for Ramadan, Passover, Easter and Spring Break could eventually lead to more cases and outbreaks.

The average number of daily new cases reported over the last 7 days increased to 892, a 23% increase from the average of 724 daily new cases over the previous 7 days. This increase in cases is likely due to the more easily transmitted BA.2 subvariant, which continues to increase in LA County.

For the week ending March 19, BA.2 accounted for 47% of sequenced specimens. One month prior, the week ending February 19, BA.2 accounted for only 5% of specimens sequenced. The increase in LA County mirrors what we are seeing nationally and internationally. Worldwide, BA.2 accounts for the vast majority of sequenced cases, and in the U.S., the CDC estimates that as of April 2, BA.2, accounted for 72% of sequenced specimens in the preceding week.

To prevent spread and outbreaks at businesses, employers are required to offer free medical-grade masks and respirators (N95, KN95, KF94) to employees working indoors in close contact with other workers, customers, and/or members of the public at all sites where masking indoors is optional. At worksites where masking remains required, employers need to provide employees with free, well-fitting medical masks.

Employers are also obligated to offer testing free of charge during work hours to any employee exposed to COVID-19 at work.

In order to reduce transmission at worksites, employers are required to report any cluster of worksite COVID-19 cases to the Department of Public Health. A cluster is three or more laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the worksite within a 14-day period. Reports to Public Health should be made as soon as possible and no later than 48 hours after reports or knowledge of at least three cases. Worksites can report a cluster to Public Health online or by phone: 1-888-397-3993. If Public Health determines that there is an outbreak at a worksite, employees are required to mask both indoors and outdoors if they can’t be socially distanced from each other, and during an outbreak, employees should be provided with free respirators.

“For everyone mourning the loss of a loved one from COVID-19, we extend our deepest sympathies,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “While the County has made great strides in keeping outbreaks in many sectors low through a number of safety measures, there are millions of vulnerable residents in our communities, many of whom are neighbors, family members, or co-workers. For these individuals, increasing transmission associated with the BA.2 subvariant poses a very real threat. As many of us prepare to gather for upcoming Spring holidays, getting vaccinated or boosted, wearing a mask indoors in public places, and testing before and after gathering protects those most vulnerable and helps keep transmission lower across our communities.”

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