PUBLIC HEALTH MEDIA RELASE
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 16 new deaths and 255 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 16 new deaths reported Wednesday, six people that passed away were over the age of 80, five people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, four people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29.
To date, Public Health identified 1,237,899 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,117 deaths. There are 352 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 22% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 6,662,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Wednesday’s daily test positivity rate is 0.5%.
Masking and distancing requirements remain in L.A. County. With the majority of County residents still unvaccinated and more opportunities for intermingling, businesses must continue to adhere to workplace protocols that require infection control, occupancy limits, distancing, masking, and appropriate PPE that protect employees, customers and residents from COVID-19. Businesses must also complete and implement their safety protocols and post them or a copy of their Los Angeles County COVID-19 Compliance Program certificate.
Public Health’s compliance team continues to visit businesses across the County every day. Inspectors provide education, technical assistance, identify violations, and may issue citations for businesses out of compliance. From May 13 to May 16, a total of seven citations were issued to restaurants for noncompliance with Health Officer Orders. Non-compliance and dangerous conditions at businesses can be reported to Public Health by phone at 888-700-9995 or online at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov . These tips can be submitted anonymously.
Public Health is connecting businesses and workplaces needing vaccinations to County mobile units and vaccination partners throughout the community. Employers are encouraged to fill out the COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Team Interest Form to express interest in having a mobile vaccine unit come out to your business or workplace to provide vaccines to groups of employees. The form can be found on www.VaccinateLACounty.com.
“We send our deepest condolences to the many people across our County mourning a family member or friend who has passed away due to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Almost everyone getting infected, being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19 these past few weeks, is not fully vaccinated. If you are already vaccinated, please do your part to help those around you that are not yet vaccinated, feel confident that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and work. Every vaccinated person can be an influencer – and by sharing your story, you can make a difference and even save a life.”
COVID-19 vaccinations are available at County-run sites and many community sites without an appointment. Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated. For now, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for children, so make sure to go to a site that administers the Pfizer vaccine for children and teens. Teens 12 to 17 years old need to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.
To find a vaccination site near you, to make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). 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.
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.