Los Angeles County Public Health on Friday confirmed 48 new deaths and 752 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 27,432 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
To date, Public Health identified 1,224,503 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 23,431 deaths.
“We send our deepest sympathies to the families and friends grieving a loved one lost to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health.
There are 540 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 26% of these people are in the ICU.
Testing results are available for more than 6,175,000 individuals with 18% of people testing positive.
Today’s daily test positivity rate is 1.3%.
See more L.A. County information and a vaccine update later in this report.
California Friday Snapshot
Statewide, as of Thursday, April 8, California Department of Public Health officials confirmed 3,590,758 COVID-19 cases (up 2,606) with 59,943 deaths from the disease (up 155) since the pandemic began.
There were 2,606 newly recorded confirmed cases Thursday.
The 7-day positivity rate is 1.8%.
There have been 55,827,642 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 217,451 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
As of April 8, local health departments have reported 104,233 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 446 deaths statewide.
As of April 9, providers have reported administering a total of 22,030,904 vaccine doses statewide.
The CDC reports that 27,620,170 doses have been delivered to entities within the state.
Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed.
See more California information later in this report.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Friday Update
As of Friday, there are no cases pending, four patients are hospitalized in a dedicated COVID-19 unit receiving ICU-level care, and a total of 1,199 patients have been treated and discharged since the pandemic began, Henry Mayo spokesman Patrick Moody said.
There have been no additional deaths, keeping the total deaths at 147 to date.
Privacy laws prohibit Henry Mayo from releasing the community of residence for patients who die at the hospital; residence info is reported by the L.A. County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard, which generally lags 48 hours behind.
Santa Clarita Valley Friday Update
As of 6 p.m. Thursday, the L.A. County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard recorded 298 deaths among Santa Clarita Valley residents since the pandemic began.
The following is the community breakdown of the 298 SCV residents who have died, according to the L.A. County dashboard:
* 257 lived in Santa Clarita
* 17 in Castaic
* 6 in Acton
* 5 in Stevenson Ranch
* 3 in Agua Dulce
* 3 in unincorporated Canyon Country
* 1 in Valencia
* 1 in unincorporated Bouquet Canyon
* 1 in Elizabeth Lake
* 1 in Lake Hughes
* 1 in Newhall
* 1 in unincorporated Saugus/Canyon Country
* 1 in Val Verde
Of the 27,432 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to Public Health for the SCV to date, the community breakdown is as follows:
* City of Santa Clarita: 20,084
* Castaic: 3,701 (incl. Pitchess Detention Center & North County Correctional Facility*)
* Stevenson Ranch: 1,125
* Canyon Country (unincorporated portion): 829
* Acton: 463
* Val Verde: 335
* Agua Dulce: 273
* Valencia (unincorporated portion west of I-5): 190
* Saugus (unincorporated portion): 128
* Elizabeth Lake: 76
* Newhall (Unincorporated portion): 68
* Bouquet Canyon: 47
* Lake Hughes: 41
* Saugus/Canyon Country: 39
* Sand Canyon: 17
* San Francisquito/Bouquet Canyon: 15
* Placerita Canyon: 1
*Note: The county is unable to break out separate numbers for Castaic and PDC/NCCF because the county uses geotagging software that cannot be changed at this time, according to officials. Click here for the LASD COVID-19 dashboard.
L.A. County Demographics — Cases by Age Group (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena)
* 0 to 4: 28930
* 5 to 11: 55200
* 12 to 17: 69236
* 18 to 29: 274652
* 30 to 49: 386036
* 50 to 64: 224302
* 65 to 79: 89356
* over 80: 32536
* Under Investigation 694
L.A. County Demographics — Deaths
Of the 48 new deaths reported today, 19 people that passed away were over the age of 80, 10 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, 12 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, three people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29. Tragically, one youth under the age of 18 also passed away. Two deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach.
L.A. County Vaccine Update
More than 4,715,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people across Los Angeles County.
Of those vaccinated, 1,652,149 people received second doses and 136,232 people received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
As of April 6, 70.2% of L.A. County residents 65 and older received at least one dose of the vaccine.
In total, 37.1% of the County’s population 18 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Public Health continues to expand the number of sites offering vaccination services across the county.
As of this week, vaccinations are administered at 566 locations. These sites include seven large community vaccination sites operated by the County, nine L.A. City vaccination sites, 24 hospital vaccination sites, 130 pharmacies, 199 federally qualified health centers and community clinics, and 197 additional sites provided vaccine directly by the federal government and the state.
This week, 397,430 total doses were allocated to Los Angeles County. This allocation included approximately 151,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 128,000 doses of Moderna vaccine, and 118,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
With the additional doses shipped directly by the federal government to L.A. County providers, vaccination sites across the county had capacity to administer nearly 700,000 doses this week.
Next week, Public Health is expecting to receive approximately 323,000 vaccine doses; a decrease of 74,000 doses from this week due to a reduced supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
This allocation includes approximately 165,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 139,000 doses of Moderna vaccine, and 20,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Of the nearly 323,000 doses of vaccine the County expects to receive next week, 70% of doses will go to sites located in the most vulnerable communities. Fifty-seven percent of doses are needed for second dose appointments.
Additional doses will continue to be allocated directly from federal partners and the state to pharmacies, health clinics, FEMA sites, and multi-county entities.
Together, Public Health hopes that slightly over 500,000 doses of vaccine will be allocated to vaccination sites across the county next week.
“I encourage those already eligible for COVID-19 vaccination to not delay getting vaccinated,” said Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Now that we have expanded eligibility for vaccination to all adults 50 and older, and will soon be expanding to residents age 16 and older, effective April 15, I want to urge all employers to please give your employees time to get vaccinated when it is their turn. We expect a rush for appointments in the coming weeks, and employees will need as much flexibility as possible to get their vaccinations.”
Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.
While COVID-19 vaccine supply remains very limited, Public Health continues to build an extensive network with pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, hospitals, health clinics, and community vaccination sites, including seven large-capacity sites:
* Dodger Stadium (operated by the city of Los Angeles)
* California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge 91330
* Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona 91768
* The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood 90305
* L.A. County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey 90242
* California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles 90032 (operated by FEMA)
L.A. County Public Health’s Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.
With the Regional Stay at Home Order was rescinded statewide as of January 25, all counties are now under the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity.
The California Department of Public Health modified Blueprint thresholds on March 12 after the state successfully met its first vaccine equity milestone of 2 million administered vaccine doses in some of the state’s hardest-hit communities.
Blueprint tiers are updated weekly on Tuesdays. The Blueprint summary as of March 30
* 2 counties are currently in the Purple (widespread) Tier
* 22 counties are currently in the Red (substantial) Tier (including Los Angeles County)
* 32 counties are currently in the Orange (moderate) Tier
* 2 counties are in the Yellow (minimal) Tier
The state released updates to the state’s reopening framework on Friday, March 5. The updates will allow outdoor ballparks, stadiums, and theme parks to open with significantly reduced capacity, mandatory masking, and other public health precautions. The updates will take effect on April 1.
Vaccinate All 58
In order to increase the pace of COVID-19 vaccine distribution to those at greatest risk, the state is prioritizing individuals 65 and older to receive the vaccine as demand subsides among health care workers. This effort will help to reduce hospitalizations and save lives.
To sign up for a notification when you’re eligible for a vaccine, visit myturn.ca.gov.
‘Safe Schools for All’ Plan
Governor Newsom launched the Safe Schools for All Hub as a one-stop-shop for information about safe in-person instruction.
For more information on the transparency, accountability, and assistance measures related to California’s Safe Schools for All plan, visit the hub.
California updated its travel advisory on April 1, removing the previous recommendation that Californians not travel more than 120 miles from ones’ place of residence.
Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, and Californians should continue to avoid non-essential travel outside of the state.
Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California and should follow CDC travel guidance related to testing and self-quarantine.
California Demographics: Health Equity Dashboard
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing inequities in health that are the result of structural racism and poverty, and the disproportionate prevalence of underlying conditions such as asthma and heart disease among Latinos and African Americans.
As part of its commitment to reduce health inequities and ensure the best outcomes for all Californians, the state has launched a Health Equity Dashboard on www.covid19.ca.gov/equity/ that tracks California’s health equity measure and data by race and ethnicity, age group, and sexual orientation/gender identity.
The testing turnaround dashboard reports how long California patients are waiting for COVID-19 test results. California has worked to reduce testing turnaround times in recent weeks to help curb the spread of the virus.
During the week of March 7 to March 13, the average time patients waited for test results was one day. During this same time period, 81% of patients received test results in one day and 95% received them within two days. The testing turnaround time dashboard (PDF) is updated weekly.
All four tiers in the Testing Prioritization Guidance originally dated July 14, 2020, have equal priority for testing.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
Each week, the California Department of Public Health updates the number of cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) reported in the state.
As of April 6, there have been 448 cases of MIS-C have been reported statewide. To protect patient confidentiality in counties with fewer than 11 cases, CDPH officials are not providing total counts at this time.
MIS-C is a rare inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 that can damage multiple organ systems. MIS-C can require hospitalization and be life-threatening. Parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of MIS-C including fever that does not go away, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling tired.
Contact your child’s doctor immediately if your child has these symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment of patients are critical to preventing long-term complications.
Protect Yourself and Your Family: Your Actions Save Lives
Protect yourself, family, friends, and community by following these prevention measures:
* Staying home except for essential needs/activities following local and state public health guidelines when patronizing approved businesses. To the extent that sectors are re-opened, Californians may leave their homes to work at, patronize, or otherwise engage with those businesses, establishments or activities.
* Adding your phone to the fight by signing up for COVID-19 exposure notifications from CA Notify.
* Answering the call if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or local health department tries to connect.
* Following guidance from public health officials.
What to Do if You Think You’re Sick
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath), call your healthcare provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
It’s important if someone thinks they could be positive for COVID-19 and are awaiting testing results to stay at home and act as if they are positive. This means self-isolating for 10 days and 72 hours after symptoms and fever subside.
If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they should plan on receiving a call from a public health specialist to discuss how to protect themselves and others, find out where they may have been, and who they were in close contact with while infectious.
California COVID-19 Data and Tools
A wide range of data and analysis guides California’s response to COVID-19. The state is making the data and its analytical tools available to researchers, scientists and the public at covid19.ca.gov.
The County of Los Angeles Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Higher Ground Los Angeles are teaming up with Carry The Load, a nonprofit organization that originated to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day and now honors fallen service members, first responders, and their families.
In response to an influx of illegal and increasingly dangerous fireworks, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger sent letters to federal law enforcement agencies to ask for their help and collaboration to stop this alarming trend.
Starting Wednesday, May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program which sets out to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic.
The Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at California State University, Northridge has received a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize some of the approximately 22,000 images in its Farmworker Movement Collection that tell the story and document efforts to unionize farmworkers in the 1960s and early 1970s.