Along with the general trend in Los Angeles County, the number of COVID-19 cases among staff and residents of skilled nursing facilities increased from early July to mid-August and began to decline in recent years. weeks.
During the week ending August 8, 123 cases were reported among residents and staff of skilled nursing facilities. For the week ending September 12, 55 people tested positive for COVID-19 at skilled nursing facilities: 20 new cases were among residents of skilled nursing facilities and 35 new cases among skilled staff at facilities nursing. In the past three weeks, an average of 65 new cases have been reported among staff and residents of skilled nursing facilities.
Currently, 88% of residents and 90% of staff in skilled nursing facilities are fully immunized. Qualified nursing facilities are subject to strict infection control precautions and are also required to check the immunization status of all workers and perform routine tests on staff and residents. By September 30, healthcare workers, including staff in skilled nursing facilities, must be fully immunized against COVID-19.
Public Health confirms 41 new deaths and 1,750 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 41 new deaths reported today, nine people who died were over 80, 12 people who died were between 65 and 79, nine people who died were between 50 and 64 and six people who died were between 30 and 49. Five deaths have been reported by the city of Long Beach. To date, public health has identified 1,448,065 positive cases of COVID-19 in all areas of LA County and a total of 25,911 deaths.
There are 1,018 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 31% of those people are in intensive care. Test results are available for nearly 8,510,000 people, including 16% of those who test positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 1.7%.
Thursday, September 23 at 6 p.m., Public Health will organize a virtual town hall on COVID-19. Join City Hall for the latest updates on COVID-19 and information on booster doses. The town hall will be webcast live on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @lapublichealth. For more information and to ask a question, visit: TinyURL.com/LACOVIDTownHall
âWe wish healing and peace to families and friends who mourn a loved one who has passed away from COVID-19,â said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, director of public health. âThe decline in cases in skilled nursing facilities is good news and reflects the high vaccination coverage in these facilities as well as the strict infection control measures. We continue to prioritize and support skilled nursing facilities with third doses for immunocompromised residents and stand ready to step up these efforts once recalls are approved. The decline in cases and deaths in nursing homes is an important reminder of the power of vaccines to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19. “
LA County continues to offer vaccines at many different sites across the county to make it as easy as possible for eligible LA County residents to get vaccinated. Many vaccination sites across the county, including all county-run sites, also offer third doses of the vaccine to eligible immunocompromised people. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers, regardless of their immigration status.
Anyone 12 years and older living or working in LA County can get the COVID-19 vaccine. To find a vaccination site near you, schedule vaccination site appointments, and more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or if you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connect to free transportation to and from an immunization site, or schedule a home visit if you are homebound.
COVID-19 Industry Protocols, Best Practices, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Interactive Monitoring Dashboard, Recovery Dashboard, and additional steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and community are on the public health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.
Submitted by Public Health