On Friday, Los Angeles County Public Health officials confirmed 15 new deaths, including one additional death at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and 264 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 27,873 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
To date, Public Health identified 1,238,367 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,154 deaths.
There are 355 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 23% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 6,682,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive.
Today’s daily test positivity rate is 0.4%.
Of the 15 new deaths reported today, six people that passed away were over the age of 80, one person who died was between the ages of 65 and 79, four people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, two people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach.
“To everyone mourning the loss of a loved one, you remain in our thoughts and our prayers,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health.
County, State Easing Restrictions June 15
Los Angeles County will align with the State’s June 15 plans that ease many capacity limits and distancing requirements and adopt CDC’s masking guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
People who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to wear masks in most situations. There are specific requirements for large capacity indoor events.
The County will also follow the State on lifting current travel restrictions on June 15 to align with CDC travel recommendations.
Current County reopening protocols will be amended or retired on June 15 to reflect these changes.
“I, like everyone in California, look forward to the changes that will come on June 15. Together, we all worked hard and continue to work hard to keep numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths low in L.A. County,” said Ferrer.
California Friday Snapshot
Statewide, as of Thursday, May 20, California Department of Public Health officials confirmed 3,670,469 COVID-19 cases (up 1,627) with 61,627 deaths from the disease (up 69) since the pandemic began.
Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
As of May 20, local health departments have reported 110,561 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 459 deaths statewide.
The 7-day positivity rate is 1.0%.
There have been 63,941,224 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 228,956 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
As of May 21, providers have reported administering a total of 35,755,129 vaccine doses statewide. The CDC reports that 44,822,040 doses have been delivered to entities within the state.
Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed.
“Californians should be proud of the work we’ve done together to get through the worst of this pandemic,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. “Relaxing many of our public health measures is possible because we’ve chosen to get vaccinated against COVID-19, worn masks and kept our distance. We urge Californians who are eligible to get vaccinated and continue taking common sense prevention steps so we can keep our forward progress in defeating this virus.”
See more California information later in this report.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Friday Update
As of Friday, the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital had zero cases pending, four patients were hospitalized in a dedicated COVID-19 unit, and a total of 1,232 patients had been treated and discharged since the pandemic began, hospital spokesman Patrick Moody said.
There was one new death reported today, bringing the total deaths to 148 people since the panemic began. The previous death occured on March 21.
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:
259 in Santa Clarita
18 in Castaic
6 in Acton
6 in Stevenson Ranch
3 in Agua Dulce
4 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 27,873 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to Public Health for the SCV to date, the community breakdown is as follows:
* City of Santa Clarita: 20,408
* Castaic: 3,735 (incl. Pitchess Detention Center & North County Correctional Facility*)
* Stevenson Ranch: 1,156
* Canyon Country (unincorporated portion): 846
* Acton: 477
* Val Verde: 337
* Agua Dulce: 282
* Valencia (unincorporated portion west of I-5): 194
* Saugus (unincorporated portion): 132
* 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: 29269
* 5 to 11: 56124
* 12 to 17: 70251
* 18 to 29: 278131
* 30 to 49: 390264
* 50 to 64: 226237
* 65 to 79: 90033
* over 80: 32861
* Under Investigation 645
COVID-19 in Homeless Communities
The number of COVID-19 cases among people experiencing homelessness remains substantially lower than the peak of 608 weekly cases reported during late-December. There were 42 new cases among people experiencing homelessness reported this week.
The number of new cases reported this week includes 31 cases from previous weeks that were newly identified as cases associated with people experiencing homelessness and are included in the new case totals.
To date, 7,099 people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County tested positive for COVID-19 and 208 people who were experiencing homelessness passed away from COVID-19.
Of the people experiencing homelessness who passed away, 94 were sheltered, 69 were unsheltered, and for 45 people who passed away, their shelter status was unknown.
L.A. County Vaccine Update
If you are not yet vaccinated or unable to get vaccinated, it is very important that you continue to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance when around others not in your household and consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.
This weekend at County-run vaccination sites and L.A. City vaccination sites, everyone 18 years and older getting their first COVID-19 vaccine will have a chance to enter the Los Angeles Lakers 2021-22 Season Ticket Vaccination Sweepstakes to win a pair (2) of season tickets for next season. For additional information and locations, visit: Lakers Vaccination Sweepstakes.
There are 147 providers administering vaccinations to people experiencing homelessness; together they have administered over 22,630 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to people experiencing homelessness across Los Angeles County. The County continues to work closely with partner organizations to vaccinate and protect people experiencing homelessness from COVID-19 infection.
Currently, you can obtain vaccines at the eight county-run sites, all the L.A. city-run sites, almost all mobile sites and many of the community sites without an appointment. Many sites are open on weekends and have evening hours.
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)
Public Health continues to support additional mobile vaccination teams that take vaccinations into neighborhoods to reach people who may have limited ability or time to get to one of the established vaccination sites.
These teams have set up ongoing daily sites to provide vaccines on a walk-in basis at public places such as metro stations, food markets and parks.
There are 188 sites where mobile teams will be offering vaccinations this week which are concentrated in higher-need, harder-hit areas.
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 17:
* 0 counties are currently in the Purple (widespread) Tier
* 10 counties are currently in the Red (substantial) Tier
* 35 counties are currently in the Orange (moderate) Tier
* 13 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 17, there have been 520 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).
Vaccine Eligibility Update
As of May 13, vaccination appointments for individuals aged 12+ can be made by visiting myturn.ca.gov. The consent of a parent or legal guardian may be needed for those between the ages of 12 and 17 to receive a vaccination. 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.
Los Angeles County Public Works was lauded this week for outstanding work in civil engineering and public infrastructure, including the Bouquet Canyon Road project, from local branches of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Public Works Association.
The Department of Motor Vehicles announced it is offering eligible Californians a free REAL ID upgrade for a limited time for anyone who received a driver's license or identification card during the pandemic.
The California Highway Patrol is partnering with 11 other highway patrols, state patrols and state police agencies for the Western States Traffic Safety Coalition traffic safety campaign beginning Friday, giving motorists “a dozen reasons not to speed.”
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District has launched its summer campaign, “One Less Mosquito, One Less Worry” during National Mosquito Control Awareness Week to encourage residents to make mosquito control a part of their daily routine.
During the second day of testimony during the preliminary hearing for Noel Fisher, the Stevenson Ranch resident and Grammy-winning producer arrested on suspicion of 26 counts of sexual assault and/or rape, the second victim to testify alleged that he grabbed her arm and forced her face down into the cushion of a car seat.
After a state-appointed committee shared a controversial plan to realign the justice system, which would place all of L.A. County’s juvenile offenders in two local camps, local legislators shared their views on their votes for the bills that made the plan possible.