Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Friday confirmed 144 new deaths and 2,110 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 26,403 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
To date, Public Health officials identified 1,200,120 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 21,910 deaths.
“I send my deepest sympathies to the families and friends experiencing the sorrow of losing a loved one to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health.
There are 1,341 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 32% of these people are in the ICU.
The daily number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to steadily decline. Last Friday, the County reported 1,886 daily hospitalizations.
Testing results are available for nearly 5,876,000 individuals with 19% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 2.3%.
To date, more than 2,415,000 doses of vaccine have been administered across the county.
Of those vaccinated, 814,593 people have received second doses.
This is an increase of 456,913 administered doses reported over the past week which averages to 65,273 doses administered per day.
This includes providers both in our county network and those providers receiving direct vaccine allocations from the state and federal government.
“As thousands more residents and workers are vaccinated, it remains important to continue to wear masks and keep distance when around others,” said Ferrer. “Vaccines offer powerful protection against serious disease and death for the vaccinated person; it is not yet known if people who are vaccinated can become infected and pass the virus on to others.”
The County’s network of vaccination sites continues to grow and had the capacity for 600,000 appointment slots this week, although we only received enough doses for 280,000 appointments.
Next week Public Health is expecting to receive 312,000 vaccine doses, the largest weekly shipment received to date.
This allocation will include 53,700 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
With the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requiring one dose, this should accelerate the speed and increase vaccination coverage across Los Angeles County as allotments increase.
See more SCV and L.A. County info and a vaccine update later in this report.
California Friday Snapshot
Statewide, as of Thursday, March 4, California Department of Public Health officials confirmed 3,493,126 COVID-19 cases (up 4,659) with 53,448 deaths from the disease (up 400) since the pandemic began.
There are 4,179 confirmed hospitalizations and 1,190 ICU hospitalizations in the state, continuing a downward trend.
As of March 4, local health departments have reported 96,938 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 404 deaths statewide.
There have been 49,294,503 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 146,818 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
The 7-day positivity rate is 2.1% and the 14-day positivity rate is 2.4%.
Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results may include cases from prior to yesterday.
As of March 5, providers have reported administering a total of 10,003,942 vaccine doses statewide.
The CDC reports that 13,069,780 doses have been delivered to entities within the state, and 13,376,865 vaccine doses, which includes the first and second dose, have been shipped. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed.
Note: *Today’s count of administered doses includes 135,736 doses that were not previously processed. These doses were reported between Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
See more California information later in this report.
U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Near 525,000 People
Worldwide, 116,025,351 people have been infected by COVID-19 while 2,578,805 people have died of the virus as of 5:24 p.m. Friday Pacific Time, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
In the U.S., more than 28,886,897 Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The number of people in the U.S. who have died due to the virus has now surpassed 522,610.
With 4.25% of the world’s population (328.2 million) and more than 20% of the confirmed COVID-19 cases, the U.S. also continues to lead the world in deaths.
By comparison, Brazil (population 209.5 million) is No. 2 in deaths with 262,770 — half of the U.S. total — and No. 3 in cases with 10,869,227. India (population 1.353 billion) is No. 2 in cases, with 11,173,761 confirmed infections and No. 4 in deaths with 157,548, behind No. 3 Mexico’s 188,866 deaths, as of Friday afternoon.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Friday Update
Note: Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital did not release new data as of deadline Friday.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital reported one new death on Wednesday due to COVID-19, bringing the hospital’s total COVID-19 fatalities to 144 to date, according to hospital spokesman Patrick Moody.
As of Wednesday, no cases were pending, 12 patients were hospitalized in a dedicated COVID-19 unit receiving ICU-level care, and a total of 1,157 patients had been treated and discharged, Moody said.
Henry Mayo releases complete statistics weekly, usually on Wednesdays, unless one or more new deaths occur.
Privacy laws prohibit Henry Mayo from releasing the community of residence for patients who die at the hospital; residence info is reported by the L.A. County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard, which generally lags 48 hours behind.
Santa Clarita Valley Friday Update
As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, the latest update of the L.A. County Public Health dashboard counted 269 deaths among Santa Clarita Valley residents since the pandemic began.
Of the 269 SCV residents who have died, 231 lived in Santa Clarita, 16 in Castaic, seven in Acton, three in Agua Dulce, three in unincorporated Canyon Country, three in Stevenson Ranch, one in unincorporated Bouquet Canyon, one in Lake Hughes, one in Newhall, one in unincorporated Saugus/Canyon Country, one in Val Verde, and one in Valencia.
Of the 26,403 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to Public Health for the SCV to date, the community breakdown is as follows:
* City of Santa Clarita: 19,299
* Castaic: 3,615 (incl. Pitchess Detention Center & North County Correctional Facility*)
* Stevenson Ranch: 1,063
* Canyon Country (unincorporated portion): 796
* Acton: 452
* Val Verde: 314
* Agua Dulce: 254
* Valencia (unincorporated portion west of I-5): 182
* Saugus (unincorporated portion): 132
* Elizabeth Lake: 74
* Newhall (Unincorporated portion): 66
* Bouquet Canyon: 44
* Lake Hughes: 40
* Saugus/Canyon Country: 40
* Sand Canyon: 17
* San Francisquito/Bouquet Canyon: 14
* Placerita Canyon: 1
*Note: The county is unable to break out separate numbers for Castaic and PDC/NCCF because the county uses geotagging software that cannot be changed at this time, according to officials. Click here for the LASD COVID-19 dashboard.
L.A. County Demographics — Cases by Age Group (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena)
* 0 to 4: 22377
* 5 to 11: 54174
* 12 to 17: 67915
* 18 to 29: 268680
* 30 to 49: 378216
* 50 to 64: 219858
* 65 to 79: 87766
* over 80: 31870
* Under Investigation 6823
L.A. County Demographics — Deaths
Of the 144 new deaths reported today, 41 people that passed away were over the age of 80, 58 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, 35 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, seven people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death was reported by the City of Pasadena.
L.A. County Vaccine Update
At this time, healthcare workers, residents and staff at long-term care facilities, people 65 or older, education and childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, and emergency service workers and law enforcement are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Those eligible for the vaccine will continue to be eligible if they’ve not yet been vaccinated.
While COVID-19 vaccine supply remains very limited, Public Health continues to build an extensive network with pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, hospitals, health clinics, and community vaccination sites, including seven large-capacity sites:
* Dodger Stadium (operated by the city of Los Angeles)
* Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia 91355
* California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge 91330
* Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona 91768
* The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood 90305
* L.A. County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey 90242
* California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles 90032 (operated by FEMA)
The state is also transitioning the vaccination effort statewide to be coordinated by BlueShield of California. During and after this transition, Public Health’s website — www.VaccinateLACounty.com — will remain a portal for the latest information about COVID-19 and the vaccine and link people to the statewide appointment registration system.
The County continues to expand mobile vaccination services to better meet the needs of those in underserved communities. Public Health is also partnering with 24 community organizations, including many faith-based organizations and community clinics, as well as LA Care health plan, to assist community residents registering for vaccination sites.
Public Health Ambassador Program
L.A. County Public Health is working in partnership with county school districts to establish the Public Health Ambassador Program for students and parents. This program will actively engage school communities in preventing and reducing the spread of COVID-19 by empowering students and parents as essential partners in each school’s prevention effort.
For parents, the program offers a one-time 90-minute virtual session that covers proven safety practices for home and in the broader community. Student Ambassadors meet weekly and learn about the impact of COVID-19 on wellbeing, social determinants of health, and how the pandemic has impacted some groups more than others.
In the first session with students, they were asked about their experiences over the past year and how COVID-19 affected their lives. They expressed feeling alone and distant, concerned about spreading COVID-19 to family members, the effects of job loss, and mourning the loss of family members.
The responses include:
* “I have become distant with some friends since it is harder to see each other.”
* “I got COVID so it was really scary because I have 3 brothers and 2 of them have asthma, my mom also has it and so do I.”
* “My mental health took a big toll on me and in January my grandfather passed away and because of the situation we can’t hold a memorial for a couple months.”
“This pandemic has been extraordinarily difficult for so many, and we have heard young people tell us in their own words how they’re feeling in particularly powerful ways,” Public Health’s Barbara Ferrer said.
“This is why we all must use every tool we have to reduce transmission, to vaccinate our population, and to get to a place where all children can go back to school,” she said. “Our children have been through something that none of us experienced as children, and we owe them all of our support and effort so that they can be as safe as possible as we move toward a more hopeful future.”
L.A. County Public Health’s 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.
Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been identified globally during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These genetic mutations are expected, and some emerge and then disappear, while others persist or become common. Most variants do not have a meaningful impact.
Public health becomes concerned about a variant when it affects COVID-19 transmission, severity, testing, treatment or vaccine effectiveness.
Get more information here on the variants CDPH is currently monitoring.
California Blueprint for a Safer Economy
Governor Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy imposes risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how any movement affects the trajectory of the disease.
With the Regional Stay at Home Order rescinded statewide as of January 25, all counties are now under the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity.
Blueprint summary as of March 2:
* 40 counties are currently in the Purple (widespread) Tier (including Los Angeles County)
* 16 counties are currently in the Red (substantial) Tier
* 2 counties are currently in the Orange (moderate) Tier
* No counties are in the Yellow Tier
The state released updates to the state’s reopening framework on Friday, MArch 5. The updates will allow outdoor ballparks, stadiums and theme parks to open with significantly reduced capacity, mandatory masking and other public health precautions. The updates will take effect on April 1.
Blueprint tiers are updated weekly on Tuesdays. Find the status of activities in specific counties.
Vaccinate All 58
In order to increase the pace of COVID-19 vaccine distribution to those at greatest risk, the state is prioritizing individuals 65 and older to receive the vaccine as demand subsides among health care workers. This effort will help to reduce hospitalizations and save lives.
To sign up for a notification when you’re eligible for a vaccine, visit myturn.ca.gov.
For more information on the vaccine effort, visit the Vaccinate All 58 webpage.
‘Safe Schools for All’ Plan
Governor Newsom launched the Safe Schools for All Hub as a one-stop-shop for information about safe in-person instruction.
For more information on the transparency, accountability, and assistance measures related to California’s Safe Schools for All plan, visit the hub.
California Public Health has issued an updated travel advisory. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California and should adhere to the state’s self-quarantine procedures for 10 days.
California Demographics: Health Equity Dashboard
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing inequities in health that are the result of structural racism and poverty, and the disproportionate prevalence of underlying conditions such as asthma and heart disease among Latinos and African Americans.
As part of its commitment to reduce health inequities and ensure the best outcomes for all Californians, the state has launched a Health Equity Dashboard on www.covid19.ca.gov/equity/ that tracks California’s health equity measure and data by race and ethnicity, age group, and sexual orientation/gender identity.
California Testing & Turnaround Time
More than 85 community testing sites offer free, confidential testing: Find a COVID-19 Testing Site.
The testing turnaround dashboard reports how long California patients are waiting for COVID-19 test results. California has worked to reduce testing turnaround times in recent weeks to help curb the spread of the virus.
During the week of February 14 to February 20, the average time patients waited for test results was 1.1 days. During this same time period, 80% of patients received test results in one day and 94% received them within two days. The testing turnaround time dashboard (PDF) is updated weekly.
All four tiers in the Testing Prioritization Guidance originally dated July 14, 2020, have equal priority for testing.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
Each week, the California Department of Public Health updates the number of cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) reported in the state.
As of March 1, 331 cases of MIS-C have been reported statewide, 29 more than the previous week. To protect patient confidentiality in counties with fewer than 11 cases, we are not providing total counts at this time.
MIS-C is a rare inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 that can damage multiple organ systems. MIS-C can require hospitalization and be life-threatening. Parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of MIS-C including fever that does not go away, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling tired.
Contact your child’s doctor immediately if your child has these symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment of patients are critical to preventing long-term complications.
Protect Yourself and Your Family: Your Actions Save Lives
Protect yourself, family, friends, and community by following these prevention measures:
* Staying home except for essential needs/activities following local and state public health guidelines when patronizing approved businesses. To the extent that sectors are re-opened, Californians may leave their homes to work at, patronize, or otherwise engage with those businesses, establishments or activities.
* Avoiding non-essential travel, and practicing self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival if you leave the state.
* Keeping interactions limited to people who live in your household.
* Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
* Avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
* Covering a cough or sneeze with your sleeve or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.
* Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
* Staying away from work, school, or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
* Getting tested if you believe you’ve been exposed. Free, confidential testing is available statewide.
* Getting vaccinated when it’s your turn.
* Adding your phone to the fight by signing up for COVID-19 exposure notifications from CA Notify.
* Answering the call if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or local health department tries to connect.
* Following guidance from public health officials.
What to Do if You Think You’re Sick
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath), call your healthcare provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
It’s important if someone thinks they could be positive for COVID-19 and are awaiting testing results to stay at home and act as if they are positive. This means self-isolating for 10 days and 72 hours after symptoms and fever subside.
If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they should plan on receiving a call from a public health specialist to discuss how to protect themselves and others, find out where they may have been, and who they were in close contact with while infectious.
California COVID-19 Data and Tools
A wide range of data and analysis guides California’s response to COVID-19. The state is making the data and its analytical tools available to researchers, scientists and the public at covid19.ca.gov.
* View additional datasets at the California Open Data Portal (including Testing Data, PPE Logistics Data, Hospital Data, Homeless Impact and more)
Consolidated guidance is available on the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance webpage.
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Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19):
L.A. County residents can also call 2-1-1.
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