The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Wednesday 136 new cases and no additional deaths from COVID-19 in the Santa Clarita Valley within the last week.
Public Health is now reporting COVID-19 data once a week. This is the most recent data from Sept. 27.
This new data brings Los Angeles County death totals to 36,741, case totals to 3,804,279 and Santa Clarita Valley case totals to 101,716 since March of 2020. SCV deaths from COVID-19 remain at 574.
Local Data Shows that COVID-19 Continues to Significantly Impact People 65+
With the start of fall, and the possibility of increases in circulating respiratory viruses, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) recommends that everyone who is eligible receives the updated COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccines, especially those who are at elevated risk for severe illness or death from a COVID and/or influenza infection.
Protection from the new COVID-19 vaccine has been shown in studies to provide a boost to the immune system and reduce severe illness for those infected; this protection will be beneficial through the fall and winter months when it is easier to get exposed to COVID-19 as many activities move indoors and there is increased travel and gatherings for the holidays.
In each of the past three winters, we have seen a substantial increase in COVID cases, hospitalizations and tragically, deaths. Last winter, comparing Nov. 1 to Jan. 1, hospitalizations tripled and deaths quadrupled.
With COVID-19 rates also expected to rise this winter, it is especially important for people in groups that have experienced more illness severity to take advantage of the easy access to the updated COVID vaccines. In Los Angeles County, data shows that certain groups of people are more vulnerable for severe illness from COVID-19 and this continues to be true, especially for older people and Black and Brown residents.
While hospitalization and death rates have been lower this year compared to this time last year, there are still significant numbers of people who are hospitalized and who, tragically, pass away.
Over the 90-day period ending Sept. 4, the COVID hospitalization rate among people 65 and older was 10 times higher than the hospitalization rate among people younger than 65. Within the 65+ group, residents 80 and over are at particularly high risk, with a hospitalization rate that was more than double the rate for those ages 65-79. For the same time period, the COVID death rate among people 65 and older was 30 times higher than the death rate among people younger than 65, again with residents 80+ at the highest risk.
Overall, looking at the past 90 days in Los Angeles County, people who were not vaccinated against COVID-19 were three times more likely to be hospitalized and four times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people who were vaccinated.
While the vaccine will benefit everyone, it is especially important for people with higher risk for poor outcomes if infected with COVID-19 to get the updated COVID-19 vaccine. Each day, more and more sites around Los Angeles County are receiving their doses and we expect that more than 1,000 unique vaccination sites in Los Angeles County will have the updated vaccine over the next few weeks. Of these sites, over 400 will offer vaccines under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Bridge Access Program for people who are uninsured or underinsured, including at all Public Health vaccination sites. For people with health insurance plans, there should be no out-of-pocket costs although some residents may need to get vaccinated at a network provider site to avoid any costs.
A full list of vaccine sites can be found a ph.lacounty.gov/vaccines by clicking the links under the ‘Get Vaccinated’ section of the site.
For parents looking to get vaccine protection for their kids, there are 337 Vaccine for Children Sites active in the county, offering the COVID-19 vaccine for children, as well as other childhood vaccines, free of charge. Parents can visit bit.ly/VaccineForChildrenSites to find a location that is convenient for them.
Residents 6 months and older should receive at least one dose of the updated vaccine. To maximize protection, it is recommended that a person wait two months since their last dose if they have been recently vaccinated against COVID-19, and they can wait up to three months after a COVID infection. For children under 5 years old or people who are immunocompromised, Public Health recommends speaking to a provider about the most effective timing and dosing for the updated COVID-19 vaccine; multiple doses of the updated vaccine may be recommended.
Information is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., from the Public Health Call Center at 1-833-540-0473. This free service is available to answer questions about COVID-19 and the updated vaccine. Callers can also get help finding sites with available vaccine, scheduling appointments or arranging a free homebound vaccine appointment.
In Los Angeles County, based on data through Sept. 16, the CDC Hospital Admission Level is 6.7, lower than the week before.
COVID-19 strains currently circulating in Los Angeles County are all descendants of the Omicron variant and more than 95 percent are descendants of the Omicron XBB strain. For the most recent two-week period ending Sept. 2, EG.5 was the dominant strain, accounting for 31 percent of sequenced specimens. The second most dominant strain was XBB.1.16, accounting for 10 percent of sequenced specimens, followed by XBB.2.3, accounting for 9 percent of sequenced specimens.
Public Health reports COVID-19 data weekly. The following table shows case, wastewater, emergency department, hospitalization and death data in Los Angeles County over the past four weeks.
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 Locations & Demographics (data by demographic characteristics and geography, active outbreaks, and citations)
– COVID-19 Response Plan
– COVID-19 Vaccinations
– Skilled Nursing Facility Metrics
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:
– Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
– California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx
– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
– CDC Spanishhttps://espanol.cdc.gov/enes/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
– World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
– LA County residents can also call 2-1-1
William S. Hart Union High School District COVID-19 Dashboard
Since the State of Emergency has been lifted, the William S. Hart Union High School District will no longer be posting dashboard information.
Santa Clarita Valley Update
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the L.A. County Public Health dashboard reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 in the city of Santa Clarita, bringing the total number of deaths in the SCV to 574.
NOTE: As of Dec. 20, 2022, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health switched to a new geocoding process to improve the accuracy and completeness of geocoded data. Geocoding is the process of assigning an address to specific geographic coordinates (latitude/longitude). As a result, approximately 1,500 cases (0.04%) were removed from the cumulative count as they were determined to be out of jurisdiction with the improved geocoding. The switch to this improved process also resulted in minor changes to cumulative case/death counts by Supervisor District, Service Planning Area, city/community, and area poverty categories.
The following is the community breakdown per L.A. County’s dashboard:
Santa Clarita: 468
Castaic: 31 (revised from 33)
Stevenson Ranch: 19
Unincorporated Canyon Country: 11
Agua Dulce: 8
Val Verde: 6
Elizabeth Lake: 4
Lake Hughes: 2
Unincorporated Bouquet Canyon: 2
Unincorporated Saugus/Canyon Country: 1
Of the 101,716 cases reported to Public Health for the SCV to date, the community breakdown is as follows:
City of Santa Clarita: 75,083
Stevenson Ranch: 6,145
Canyon Country (unincorporated portion): 3,851
Val Verde: 1,240
Agua Dulce: 1,017
Valencia (unincorporated portion west of I-5): 960
Saugus (unincorporated portion): 353
Elizabeth Lake: 293
Bouquet Canyon: 211
Lake Hughes: 208
Saugus/Canyon Country: 149
Newhall (Unincorporated portion): 107
Sand Canyon: 63
San Francisquito/Bouquet Canyon: 44
Placerita Canyon: 24
*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.
California By the Numbers
The most updated data as of Sept. 22:
New hospital admissions updated Sept. 22, at 9:36 a.m., with data from Sept. 16.
Deaths and tests updated Sept. 22, at 9:36 a.m., with data from Sept. 19.
For more California data, click [here].