County of L.A. Public Health - Update 10/20/20 - Public Health Urges Residents to Be Cautious as Community Transmission Continues to be Widespread in L.A. County

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October 20, 2020
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10/20/20 

Public Health Reports 10 New Deaths and 953 New Positive Cases of COVID-19

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 10 new deaths and 953 new cases of confirmed COVID-19. Today’s low number of cases may be a result of several missing reports from yesterday evening. To date, Public Health has identified 288,136 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 6,863 deaths. 

Los Angeles County remains in Tier 1, the most restrictive tier, in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The tiered frameworkplaces counties in one of 4 tiers depending on three metrics measuring community transmission and health equity. Options for sector re-openings, including schools, and permitted activities are aligned with each Tier. The County’s level of community transmission is still too high to advance to the next tier.  

This week, Public Health updated the Health Officer Order to align with State guidance on private gatherings, which allow limited private gatherings with three or fewer households. All private gatherings must occur outdoors. Attendees must wear a cloth face covering when they are together except when they are eating or drinking and keep at least six feet of physical distance. Food must be served in single-serve disposable containers, and the duration of the gathering should be two hours or less.

It is recommended that if residents do gather with two other households, that they do so with the same households each time, creating a quasi-bubble that can reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others. A single household or living unit does not include institutional group living situations such as dormitories, fraternities, sororities, or residential care facilities. Nor does it include commercial group living arrangements such as boarding houses, hotels or motels.

It is critically important that residents not attend any private gatherings if they are experiencing symptoms of illness, have tested positive for COVID-19 or if they have been exposed or likely have been exposed to someone who is positive.

The highest number of cases among all age groups in L.A. County are in residents between the ages of 30 and 49 years old at 34% of all cases. The second highest are among residents between the ages of 18 and 29 years old with 25% of all cases. However, 74% of COVID-related deaths have occurred in residents over the age of 65.

There are 746 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 24% of these people are in the ICU.

“We know there are people across our community who have suffered tremendous loss. For those of you mourning the passing of a loved one, we wish you healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “To slow community spread of COVID-19 in our county we must all partner together; businesses and residents must do their part and adopt the infection control measures that we know to be effective. Each of us has the opportunity every single day to make the right choices for our health and the health of those around us. If we work together to limit transmission and slow the spread of COVID-19, not only will the County move to a less restrictive tier that allows us to consider additional re-openings, we will save lives.”

Of the 10 new deaths reported today, two people that passed away were over the age of 80 years old, four people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, two people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach. All nine deaths reported today by Los Angeles County are people who had underlying health conditions.

Ninety-three percent of the people who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 6,460 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 51% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 24% among White residents, 14% among Asian residents, 10% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 39 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not L.A. County residents.

Testing results are available for more than 2,890,000 individuals with 9% of all people testing positive.

The best way to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 is to put six feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household, and wear a face covering in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. Face coverings protect other people in case you are infected and do not know it, as COVID-19 can spread to others even if someone does not feel sick. Please remember to also wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Isolating when you are positive for COVID-19 and quarantining if you have been exposed to someone who is positive are also important tools in preventing transmission of the virus.

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

 

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7/24/20 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has launched Angelenos in Action, a voluntary, text-based survey to monitor COVID-19 symptoms across LA County.  The goal of this survey is to fill a data gap where many people with mild symptoms may not seek care or get tested, and hence, not be counted as part in the COVID-19 positive cases. The secondary purpose is to capture potential spikes and trends in real-time to allow Public Health workers to appropriately prepare and allocate resources to affected communities.
 
Our goal is to recruit approximately 20,000 survey participants that are roughly representative of LA County. Anyone who is over the age of 18 years, lives in LA County (including Pasadena and Long Beach), and has a cell phone with texting capabilities is eligible.
 
People can enroll in the voluntary survey either online or by texting “@PROTECT” to 35134 where they will be asked their age group, race/ethnicity, sex, and zip code. Phone numbers will also be collected. Once enrolled, participants will be randomized to 1 day a week, and every week on that day, they will receive a text asking how they are feeling (well or sick). If they respond that they feel sick, we text an additional 2 yes/no questions about specific COVID-19-like symptoms and remind them to call their doctor (or 211 if they don’t have one). No further follow up occurs.
 
The survey is available in both English and Spanish and will run for approximately 20 weeks. The survey itself takes less than 1 minute to complete!
 
Please share these flyers with your teams, community partners, parents and neighbors.  If you have any questions or need additional information, check out http://ph.lacounty.gov/AngelenosInAction or send an email to AngelenosInAction@ph.lacounty.gov.


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7/1/20 

Revised Health Officer Order Requires Closure of Indoor On-Site Dining and Other Indoor Activities

35 New Deaths and 2,002 New Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directives and require the closure of:

  • Indoor, in-person dining at restaurants
  • Indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities

Also, the Health Officer Order requires businesses with three or more known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days, to report the outbreak to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health). Employers who have one known case within the workplace must have a protocol that requires that person to self-isolate at home and anyone exposed to self-quarantine.

Bars remain closed and all events and gatherings unless specifically allowed by this Order remain prohibited. Additionally, face coverings and gloves must be worn at fitness facilities at all times.

Los Angeles County continues to see steep increases in community spread of COVID-19. There are 1,889 people currently hospitalized, 27% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 18% are confirmed cases on ventilators. This is the largest number of people hospitalized since early May.

There are 2,002 new cases of COVID-19. This is the fourth consecutive day of new cases over 2,000. And today's number is missing lab reports from one of the larger labs.

“We are thinking every day of the many families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.  Our hearts go out to you, and we are so sorry for your loss,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “I know these closures are frustrating and it is heartbreaking to think we are losing ground. These immediate actions give us a chance to regain control over the increased spread. With steep increases in cases and hospitalizations, it is important to act now to prevent as many future cases, hospitalizations and deaths as we can.”

In addition to the 2,002 new cases, Public Health has confirmed 35 new deaths of COVID-19. Twenty-one people who died were over the age of 65 years old, six people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and four people who died are between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Thirty-one people had underlying health conditions including 25 people over the age of 65 years old and six people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Two deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and two deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena.

To date, Public Health has identified 105,507 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,402 deaths. Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 3,158 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 43% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 27% among White residents, 17% among Asian residents, 11% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 24 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not LA County residents. Testing results are available for nearly 1,120,000 individuals, with 9% of people testing positive.

Everyone should always wear a face covering securely over your nose and mouth and keep six feet apart from others not in your household when out in public. Businesses must continue to follow Public Health directives. Public Health reminds everyone that you remain safer at home.

Earlier this week a Health Officer Order was issued that closes LA County beaches from July 3 through July 6 at 5:00 a.m. to prevent crowded situations that could result in more spread of COVID-19. All public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths that traverse that sanded portion of the beach, and beach access points will be temporarily closed to the public. The Order also prohibits fireworks displays.

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

View Revised Health Order here


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6/18/20 
The types of businesses allowed to open on June 19th are:
  • Cardrooms (casinos), satellite wagering facilities, and racetrack onsite wagering facilities.
  • Personal care establishments. These include nail salons, tanning salons, esthetician, skincare, and cosmetology services; electrology; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops; and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings). The number of persons allowed in these establishments is limited to 50% of the total maximum occupancy.
  • Bars, wineries, and brewery tasting rooms. 
Updated LA County Health Officer Order can be found at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.
 
Businesses must follow Public Health protocols:
  • HOO Appendix Q-Reopening Protocol for Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities, and racetrack onsite wagering facilities
  • HOO Appendix R-Reopening Protocol for Personal Care Establishments
  • HOO Appendix S-Reopening Protocol for Bars, Winery and Brewery Tasting Rooms
View what businesses can and cannot be open here: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/SaferatHomeOrder_ExamplesofOpenings.pdf
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5/26/20

View here: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/SaferatHomeOrder_ExamplesofOpenings.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=


5/13/20

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health is adopting a staged approach, supported by science and public health expertise, to allow certain retail businesses to safely reopen. The requirements below are specific to retail establishments permitted to reopen for curbside pick-up. In addition to the condition imposed on these specific retail businesses by the Governor, these types of businesses must also be in compliance with the conditions laid out in this Checklist for Retail Establishments Opening for Curbside Pickup. 

Please note: This document may be updated as additional information and resources become available so be sure to check the LA County website http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/ regularly for any updates to this document This checklist covers: (1) Workplace policies and practices to protect employee health (2) Measures to ensure physical distancing (3) Measures to ensure infection control (4) Communication with employees and the public (5) Measures to ensure equitable access to critical services. These five key areas must be addressed as your facility develops any reopening protocols. 

Read document here: http://ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/HOO_Safer_at_Home_Order_for_Control_of_COVID_5.13.20_APPENDIX_B.pdf

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4/10/20

The Los Angeles County Health Officer has extended the Safer at Home Order Revised Order (04.10.20) through May 15, 2020. The Health Officer Order will be publicly noticed, as required, by posting on Public Health’s website, posted at the Hall of Administration, provided to members of the public upon request, and disseminated via email. 

Revised provisions include that Essential Businesses must implement a social distancing protocol by April 15th, including a requirement to provide employees with a cloth face covering to wear while performing duties that involve contact with others.

Thank you for all of your ongoing efforts to help protect our communities and keep LA County residents safe.  

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3/27/20: Health Officer Order - Addendum to Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19: Temporary Closure of Public Trails and Trailheads, Beaches, Piers, Beach Bike Paths and Beach Access Points.
Download order here.

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3/22/20Download revised County of Los Angeles Health Officer Order, which amends and supersedes the Orders of the County of Los Angeles Health Officer issues on March 16, and 19, 2020. 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is cooperating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to recent reports of a novel (new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others that circulate mostly among animals. Common symptoms in an infected person include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Since its discovery in December 2019, mainland Chinese authorities have identified thousands of human infections, resulting in thousands of deaths associated with this novel (new) coronavirus, which began in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. In addition, novel coronavirus infections have been confirmed in numerous travelers in the United States and a growing list of countries internationally.