Sunday’s figures brought LA County totals to 1,238,781 cases and 24,171 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
According to state figures, 319 people were hospitalized in the county with COVID-19 on Sunday, up from 339 on Saturday. There were 72 people in intensive care, up from 85 on Saturday.
Department of Health officials said on Saturday they were finding more cases of the UK variant B.1.1.7. Of the 40 samples analyzed in the county lab last week, 53% were the British variant and none were the California variant. The laboratory also detected six variants from Brazil (P.1) last week and a South African variant (B.1.351).
Officials said recent research has provided evidence that currently available vaccines appear to be very effective against variants circulating in Southern California. They cited a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which showed that in recent months, when the variants were circulating, vaccines reduced the risk of contracting COVID-19 among agents by 94%. fully immunized health.
“A lot of research has now been done on the vaccine, and study after study shows extraordinarily high levels of protection against COVID-19. We have so much evidence that these vaccines are safe and very effective in preventing infections, serious illness and death from COVID-19, ”Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said on Saturday. “If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, it’s a good weekend to do so; vaccines are available at some county-run walk-in sites, and you could win season passes for the Lakers. “
Local authorities have offered incentives for people to get vaccinated.
Anyone 18 and over who receives a first dose at a county or city-run vaccination site through Sunday has been entered for a chance to win Lakers season tickets.
Those vaccinated at a Saturday clinic at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood had a chance to win a pair of tickets to the hit musical “Hamilton”.
The county will follow the state’s lead on June 15 and lift the majority of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Secretary of State for Health and Human Services announced on Friday that California is on track to phase out its plan for a safer economy as scheduled on June 15, which means all capacity requirements and social distancing will be eliminated and that most vaccinated people will be able to get rid of face masks. Some restrictions will remain, with participation in large indoor events still requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Los Angeles County and other regional health agencies are allowed to adopt more stringent health measures than the state, but the county’s public health department issued a statement saying it would align with the California regulations.
“Like everyone in California, I look forward to the changes coming on June 15,” Ferrer said in a statement. “Together we have all worked hard and continue to work hard to keep the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths low in LA County. I can’t stress enough how the vaccine got us to a place where we can safely do the things we loved to do before the pandemic.
“If you have delayed getting vaccinated, I ask you to stop delay and get vaccinated,” she says. “The COVID-19 infection, hospitalizations and deaths that still occur almost all involve people who are not fully vaccinated. It is preventable. “
An Orange County man was released from hospital after more than seven months due to complications from COVID-19. He has lost a leg but is grateful to be home with his family. Kathy Vara reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 21, 2021.
Ferrer released figures Thursday showing that of the nearly 3.3 million people in the county who were fully vaccinated, only 933 later contracted COVID-19, a rate of 0.03%. Of these 933 “revolutionary” cases, only 71 were hospitalized, for a rate of 0.002% of fully vaccinated people, and 12 died, or a rate of 0.00036%.
She noted that of the 12 people who died, four had “severely weakened immune systems” due to previous medical conditions or medications, underscoring the need for these people to continue taking precautions even after being fully immunized.
As of May 16, more than 9.1 million doses of the vaccine had been administered in the county and more than 5 million residents had received at least one dose. She said among residents aged 16 and older, 61% have received at least one dose and 47% are now considered fully immunized.
The numbers are better among older residents, with 84% of residents aged 65 and over receiving at least one dose and 70% being fully immunized.
There are still racial and ethnic disparities. Among the population aged 16 to 64, only 34% of black residents received at least one dose, compared to 57% of whites and 67% of Asians. The rate for Latinx residents is 42%.
The county continues to operate large-scale vaccination sites, but the city of Los Angeles announced Friday that it plans to phase out these large sites and move to fully mobile vaccination efforts by August 1. . targeting communities with lower than average vaccination rates.