Reflecting 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 weeks. .
“The drop 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,” said Dr Barbara Ferrer, director of the public health department of the LA County. âWe continue to prioritize and support skilled nursing facilities with third doses for immunocompromised residents and we stand ready to scale 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. “
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 confirmed 41 new deaths and 1,750 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and identified 1,448,065 positive COVID-19 cases 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.
At the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Santa Clarita, the number of inpatients increased by 31% after several weeks of declining trend.
âWe went from 22 inpatients to 29 in less than a week,â Moody said. âWe continue to strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. “
Vaccination is the best way to stay out of the hospital, according to the CDC, said Henry Mayo officials.
As of Wednesday, September 22, 34,035 cumulative cases have been reported in the Santa Clarita Valley since March 2020, according to public health. These cases include:
- 26,021 in the city of Santa Clarita * (+55)
- 62 in the unincorporated areas of Bouquet Canyon
- 1,110 in Canyon Country unincorporated areas
- 4 338 in Castaic * (+8)
- 70 in the unincorporated areas of Newhall
- 4 in the Placerita canyon
- 18 in San Francisquito / Canyon du bouquet
- 22 in Unincorporated Sand Canyon
- 161 in unincorporated areas of Saugus (+1)
- 47 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus / Canyon Country
- 1,615 at Stevenson Ranch (+6)
- 414 in unincorporated areas of Val Verde
- 264 in unincorporated areas of Valencia
* As of Monday, September 20, public health officials have recorded 2,182 cumulative cases at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center, including 1,577 at the North County Correctional Facility. These cases are split between the city of Santa Clarita and Castaic totals.
Public Health encourages all eligible people to be vaccinated. Anyone 12 years and older living or working in LA County can get the COVID-19 vaccine. 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.
To find out how to make a vaccination appointment, what checks you will need to present during your vaccination appointment and much more, visit the LA County Immunization Website (English) or Vacunate Los Angeles site (Spanish).
Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers, regardless of their immigration status.
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