California has released updated blueprint tier numbers; L.A. County’s adjusted case rate dropped from 0.9 new cases per 100,000 people to 0.7 new cases per 100,000. The overall test positivity rate dropped from 0.5% to 0.4% across the county and in areas with the fewest health affirming resources.

Los Angeles County remains in the least restrictive yellow tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 3 new deaths and 108 new cases of COVID-19. The number of cases and deaths may reflect reporting delays over the holiday. Of the three new deaths reported today, one person that passed away was over the age of 80, one person who died was between the ages of 65 and 79, and one person who died was between the ages of 50 and 64.

To date, Public Health identified 1,244,161 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,346 deaths. There are 259 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for more than 6,771,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive.

Currently, 83% of skilled nursing facility staff and 81% of skilled nursing facility residents are fully vaccinated. Since vaccination efforts for skilled nursing facility residents and staff began, the County has seen a dramatic drop in cases among residents and staff. For the week of May 15, more than 40,000 COVID-19 tests were completed among staff and residents and only 11 people tested positive for COVID-19; 4 new cases among residents and 7 new cases among staff. During the winter surge, the week of December 6, there were more than 2,300 new cases among staff and new resident cases peaked at 1,338 on December 13, the following week.

“We send our deepest condolences to everyone who has lost a family member or friend to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Our metrics continue to improve, and we continue to see declines in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Vaccinations are saving lives and I ask each of you to continue keeping yourself, your friends, and your family members safe by getting vaccinated if you haven’t done so already. We end this pandemic with vaccinations.”

Through Thursday, June 3, at all the county-run vaccination sites, LA City sites and the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center sites, everyone 18 and older getting their first COVID-19 vaccine or bringing a first-time vaccine recipient with them to their second dose appointment, will have an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the 2021-2022 home season of either the LA Kings or the LA Galaxy. Two residents will be awarded prizes. More information, including official rules and participating site locations can be found on the Los Angeles County Vaccination Sweepstakes page online.
Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County is eligible to be vaccinated. Visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) to find a vaccination site near you, to make an appointment at vaccination sites, 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, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Submitted by Public Health