On Friday, Los Angeles County Public Health officials confirmed 16 new deaths and 421 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 27,766 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Of the 16 new deaths reported today, six people that passed away were over the age of 80, six people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, and four people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64.
“To the friends and families who are grieving the loss of a loved one, we send our deepest condolences and wish you healing,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health.
To date, Public Health identified 1,235,118 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 23,980 deaths.
There are 376 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 22% of these people are in the ICU.
The five-day average of daily hospitalizations is 389, the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic.
COVID-19 testing results are available for more than 6,558,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive.
Today’s daily test positivity rate is 0.6%. The County’s test positivity rate remains very low.
Vaccinations Still Available without Appointments
COVID-19 vaccinations are available at County-run sites and many community sites without an appointment.
Anyone 16 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated. You should bring a photo ID with you and teens 16 and 17 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
COVID-19 vaccinations are available at County-run sites and many community sites without an appointment.
If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment or scheduling a home visit if you are homebound.
Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.
California Friday Snapshot
Statewide, as of Thursday, May 6, California Department of Public Health officials confirmed 3,650,747 COVID-19 cases (up 2,471) with 61,027 deaths from the disease (up 100) since the pandemic began.
Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
NOTE: Today’s case count includes a data reconciliation of approximately 600 cases from prior months that were not previously reported.
As of May 6, local health departments have reported 108,810 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 457 deaths statewide.
The 7-day positivity rate is 1.2%.
There have been 61,338,949 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 247,021 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
There have been 61,027 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
As of May 7, providers have reported administering a total of 31,787,822 vaccine doses statewide.
The CDC reports that 40,562,240 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, two patients were hospitalized in a dedicated COVID-19 unit, and a total of 1,229 patients had been treated and discharged since the pandemic began, hospital spokesman Patrick Moody said.
There have been no additional deaths, with the total remaining at 147 since the pandemic began.
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. Wednesday, the L.A. County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard remains unchanged from Thursday’s update with 303 deaths among Santa Clarita Valley residents since the pandemic began.
The following is the community breakdown of the 303 SCV residents who have died, according to the L.A. County dashboard:
260 in Santa Clarita
18 in Castaic
6 in Acton
6 in Stevenson Ranch
3 in Agua Dulce
3 in unincorporated Canyon Country
1 in unincorporated Bouquet Canyon
1 in Elizabeth Lake
1 in Lake Hughes
1 in Newhall
1 in unincorporated Saugus/Canyon Country
1 in Valencia
1 in Val Verde
Of the 27,766 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to Public Health for the SCV to date, the community breakdown is as follows:
* City of Santa Clarita: 20,336
* Castaic: 3,730 (incl. Pitchess Detention Center & North County Correctional Facility*)
* Stevenson Ranch: 1,142
* Canyon Country (unincorporated portion): 842
* Acton: 470
* Val Verde: 337
* Agua Dulce: 280
* Valencia (unincorporated portion west of I-5): 193
* Saugus (unincorporated portion): 130
* Elizabeth Lake: 76
* Newhall (Unincorporated portion): 68
* Bouquet Canyon: 47
* Lake Hughes: 42
* Saugus/Canyon Country: 40
* 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: 29179
* 5 to 11: 55901
* 12 to 17: 70040
* 18 to 29: 277415
* 30 to 49: 389257
* 50 to 64: 225795
* 65 to 79: 89825
* over 80: 32755
* Under Investigation 649
L.A. County Vaccine Update
“We see the power of vaccinations in our low metrics and reduced transmission. It is important to remember those who remain unvaccinated are at a greater risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and a variant of concern. If you’ve already been vaccinated, encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to get vaccinated if they haven’t done so already. Many COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths can be avoided now that we have vaccines available. Vaccines are the best protection from COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health.
Public Health continues to build an extensive network with pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, hospitals, health clinics, and community vaccination sites, including these large-capacity sites:
* Dodger Stadium (operated by the city of Los Angeles)
* College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
* Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center, 3850 E Ave S, Palmdale, CA 93550
* 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)
Visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) to learn how to make an appointment at vaccination sites, what verifications people will need to show at your vaccination appointment, and much more. If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment. There may be an extended wait time to speak with an operator for help making an appointment during high demand times. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.
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.
Blueprint for a Safer Economy
All counties are 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.
As always, local public health departments may implement policies that are more restrictive than the state.
Blueprint tiers are updated weekly on Tuesdays. The Blueprint summary as of May 4:
* 0 counties are currently in the Purple (widespread) Tier
* 12 counties are currently in the Red (substantial) Tier
* 39 counties are currently in the Orange (moderate) Tier
* 7 counties are in the Yellow (minimal) Tier (including L.A. County)
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 May 3, there have been 503 cases of MIS-C have been reported statewide.
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.
Although very rare, COVID-19 cases among children can sometimes result a few weeks later in very serious illness known as Multi-symptom Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
To date, Public Health has confirmed 186 children with MIS-C including two child deaths from MIS-C in L.A. County.
All 186 children with MIS-C in L.A. County were hospitalized and 37% of the children were treated in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Of the children with MIS-C, nearly 3% were less than one year of age, 25% were between the ages of 1 and 4 years old, 29% were between the ages of 5 and 9 years old, 27% were between the ages of 10 and 14, and 16% were between the ages of 15 and 20 years old.
Latino/Latinx children account for 74% of the reported cases.
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.
Vaccine Eligibility Update
As of April 15, individuals aged 16+ are eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated. To sign up for a notification when you’re eligible for a vaccine, please visit myturn.ca.gov. For more information on the vaccine effort, visit Vaccinate All 58.
* Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
* Avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
* Covering a cough or sneeze with your sleeve or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.
* Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
* Staying away from work, school, or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
* 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.
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