Rates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths across all county populations have dropped significantly since the winter push, as vaccinations continue to rise, but in the past two weeks county officials have seen a change.
“You can see that the highest case rates are now among black residents at 45 cases per 100,000,” County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said.
Besides the highest infection rate, Ferrer says African Americans also witness the highest number of hospitalizations and deaths.
“It’s definitely a flip and something we’re going to be watching very closely,” Ferrer said.
Ferrer says the higher rates among African Americans are matched by data showing the population received the fewest doses of the vaccine at 40%, compared to 71% for whites.
Ferrer notes that the overwhelming majority of people hospitalized with COVID-19 are not vaccinated. To encourage vaccinations, California also announced one of the nation’s largest vaccine lottery incentive programs, offering more of $ 116 million in cash prizes.
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And the LA County Department of Health also offers incentives. Starting Friday, residents receiving a first dose or anyone receiving a second vaccine who brings in a vaccine for the first time will have a chance to win tickets to the LA Kings and LA Galaxy games.
Los Angeles City Council has also just approved paid sick leave for people who get vaccinated as well as eight hours of recovery from side effects. This new measure intended for the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti will affect companies of all sizes.
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