Unvaccinated People More than 29 Times More Likely to be Hospitalized with COVID-19 | Public Health

Efforts to enhance COVID-19 vaccination coverage, in coordination with other prevention strategies, are critical to preventing COVID-19–related hospitalizations and deaths

PUBLIC HEALTH RELEASE

Los Angeles County data shows that the COVID-19 infection rate among unvaccinated persons was 4.9 times and the hospitalization rate was 29.2 times the rates of fully vaccinated people in Los Angeles County on July 25, 2021. Fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 infection were significantly less likely than unvaccinated persons to be hospitalized, to be admitted to an intensive care unit, to require mechanical ventilation, or to die from COVID-19 infection.

This comes from a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in which the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) analyzed data for laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from testing laboratories and from the California Immunization Registry 2 (CAIR2) to describe age-adjusted infection and hospitalization rates between May 1, 2021 and July 25, 2021 by vaccination status.

The findings in this report are similar to those from recent studies indicating that COVID-19 vaccination protects against severe COVID-19 in areas with increasing prevalence of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant. They highlight that efforts to enhance COVID-19 vaccination coverage, in coordination with other prevention strategies, are critical to preventing COVID-19–related hospitalizations and deaths.

Today, Public Health confirms 36 new deaths and 3,322 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 36 new deaths reported today, 11 people who passed away were over the age of 80, nine people who passed were between the ages of 65 and 79, five people who passed were between the ages of 50 and 64, and eight people who passed were between the ages of 30 and 49. Three deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach. To date, Public Health identified 1,391,363 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 25,150 deaths.

There are 1,747 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 27% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 8,000,000 individuals with 16% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 2.9%. With increased routine screening testing, including at schools and institutes of higher education, Public Health expects that case numbers will remain high.

“To the families and friends that are grieving the loss of their loved one to COVID-19, we send you our deepest condolences,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “The data continues to provide reassurance that fully vaccinated people are protected from severe COVID-19 illness. Together we must continue to increase COVID-19 vaccinations, in coordination with other prevention strategies like masking, testing, contact tracing, and quarantine; these efforts are critical to preventing COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.”

Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated against COVID-19. Public Health encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated – it is the most important step you can take to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our L.A. County community and to ultimately end this pandemic. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

Many vaccination sites across the county, including all the County-run sites, are also offering third doses of vaccine to eligible immunocompromised people. To find a vaccination site near you, 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, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound.

COVID-19 Sector Protocols, Best Practices, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, 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.