AMTV/LOS ANGELES, CA, Jan 27 – Los Angeles County is in the Low Community Level for the second consecutive week, a positive sign that preventative measures, such as the updated bivalent booster and therapeutics, are helping to protect residents from severe illness and hospitalization. Remaining in the Low Community Level, as determined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is dependent on keeping case and hospitalization rates low.
Today, Los Angeles County has a 7-day case rate of 65 new cases per 100,000 people, down slightly from the 71 new cases per 100,000 people a week prior. The 7-day total for new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people is currently at 7.2, down from 9.5 last week. And the 7-day average of the proportion of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients is now 4.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent the week prior.
In an effort to keep COVID-19 transmission low, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues to work to ensure that vaccinations and boosters, testing and treatment are readily accessible to everyone across the county, whether or not they have a health care provider or insurance, and regardless of their immigration status.
While vaccines are not a guarantee against severe illness and death, data from Los Angeles County illustrates the very real protection offered by the bivalent booster against currently circulating COVID-19 strains. Across recent 30-day periods, hospitalization rates were over six times higher for people who were unvaccinated compared to people who were vaccinated with the updated booster, while the death rate was more than seven times greater. In Los Angeles County, 22% of eligible residents have received the bivalent booster.
Even with the vaccination and updated bivalent booster, there remains a possibility for COVID-19 infection. However, there are effective treatments that can prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, if taken in the first five days of symptom onset.
Seeking treatment quickly is especially important for people with underlying risk factors that make them more susceptible to severe illness and death from COVID-19. Included in the risk factors are many common health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, chronic lung disease, asthma, stroke, kidney disease, liver disease, dementia, a history of cancer or immunosuppression. It is always good practice to speak with a provider, who can provide appropriate treatment or advice, after testing positive for COVID-19.
There are more than 100 “test to treat” sites throughout Los Angeles County. Public Health also manages a call center that offers free telehealth services for COVID-19 in addition to answering questions about, and scheduling appointments for, vaccinations and testing.
Free telehealth services, which include speaking with a provider and being prescribed medication if appropriate, are available to all residents in LA County. If prescribed, COVID treatment will be shipped overnight at no cost. Assistance is available multiple languages seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., by calling 1-833-540-0473.
More than 6,300 people accessed telehealth services in Los Angeles County between April and December 2022, with more than 5,300 people receiving a prescription for therapeutics.
Overall, more than 58% of the people who called the telehealth line for therapeutics were living in communities where residents were at higher risk for poor COVID outcomes, either due to socioeconomic and environmental conditions, or low vaccination rates.
For more information about vaccinations and boosters, testing and treatment, visit VaccinateLACounty.com or VacunateLosAngeles.com (en español).
“Though I am much relieved that the county has made good strides to reduce COVID cases and hospitalizations, I recognize that many are experiencing the loss of loved ones from COVD-19. I extend my heartfelt condolences to those who are grieving and offer my wishes for healing and peace,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Ed., Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “The use of therapeutics, reasonable precautions including masking and testing, and access to the bivalent booster have all helped to put LA County in a good place right now. The county is blessed to have the health tools that make a difference and I applaud everyone for using these tools to dampen spread and reduce risk, especially for those most vulnerable. For those at elevated risk who have not been boosted since August, please don’t delay adding in the additional protection offered by the new bivalent booster.”
Los Angeles County is currently reporting lower COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, yet deaths remain consistently high since late December.
Today, Public Health reported 19 additional deaths and 1,123 new positive cases. To date, the total number of deaths in L.A. County is 35,230. There are 722 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized.
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 including:
COVID-19 Daily Data (cases, deaths, testing, testing positivity rate, mortality rate, and hospitalizations)
COVID-19 Locations & Demographics (data by demographic characteristics and geography, active outbreaks, and citations)
COVID-19 Response Plan
Skilled Nursing Facility Metrics
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:
California Department of Public Health:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.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