July 2021

July 22, 2021 Update: Cases Rise 20-fold in one month in la county; vaccines continue to show effectiveness


Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Department of Public Heath announced 2,551 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, which is a 20-fold increase in one month. On June 21, they reported 124 cases. Here are some other sobering numbers from LA County to keep in mind:

  • Yesterday’s test positivity rate was 5.2%, compared to 0.7% one month ago.
  • There are 585 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. On June 21, there were 213 people hospitalized, and two weeks ago there were 273 people hospitalized.
  • Of the new cases reported, 83% are among people under the age of 50, and 65% of cases are of people between the age of 18 and 49.

Thankfully, because the approved vaccines continue to show extreme effectiveness at preventing serious illness or death, daily deaths attributed to COVID-19 remain significantly lower than pre-vaccine numbers. Yesterday, the County reported 7 deaths.

People who are not vaccinated are at the highest risk of getting infected with COVID-19 and then needing to be hospitalized. Approximately 99% of people being hospitalized with COVID-19 in LA County are unvaccinated.

Due to this significant increased circulation of the more infectious Delta variant, the intermingling of unmasked individuals where vaccination status is unknown, and the risks to the almost 4 million people in LA County who have not been or are not eligible to be vaccinated (including 1.3 million children under 12 years of age), the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was modified to require masking for everyone while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

While getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against COVID-19, please also remember the basics that can help get us back on track towards recovery: wear your mask, avoid crowded places when possible, wash your hands regularly, and stay at home whenever you are not feeling well. 

July 17, 2021 update: New Los Angeles Health Officer Order Requires Masking in Indoor Public Settings

As we briefly reported in our Thursday update, the LA County Department of Public Health announced that because of a concerning rise in COVID-19 transmission in LA County, masks will again be required in indoor public settings for all people, regardless of vaccination status. The order, which can now be read in its entirety here, will go into effect later today (Saturday, July 17th) at 11:59 PM.
Please note that this includes indoor public settings such as offices, grocery and retail stores, restaurants (when not actively eating), theaters, entertainment centers, meeting centers, libraries, and government buildings.
Some of the trends they announced that led to this decision are as follows:
  • As of July 9, 2021, the 7-day daily average case rate is 8.2 per 100,000, up from 7.1, indicating sustained and increased community transmission.
  • There are 452 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized; a doubling from the 216 hospitalizations reported a month ago.
  • Today’s test positivity rate is 3.8%. In early June, test positivity was approximately 0.4%.
  • There has been a week of over 1,000 new positive cases per day, up significantly from June numbers.
While a very low percentage of fully vaccinated people have reported positive tests (~0.09% of vaccinated people), it is not an insignificant number in light of Los Angeles County's current substantial and increasing community transmission.

Even with highly effective vaccines, there is still potential for breakthrough infections that can put everyone at risk - including those who are unable to be vaccinated. So, masking by all indoors can reduce everyone’s risk of infection and the risk of transmission to others if infected.
We know this is a disappointing step back, but we thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. We are hopeful this simple preventative measure can allow us to continue on our path to recovery without further closures.

July 15, 2021 update: County reissues indoor mask mandate

Sadly, with increased transmission of COVID-19, the LA County Department of Public Health has announced that, effective this Saturday night (June 17) at 11:59 PM, masks will again be required indoors for all people, regardless of vaccination status.

According to Public Health, LA County's daily test positivity rate is 3.75%, an increase from a rate of 1.2% on June 15 when physical distancing restrictions and capacity limits were lifted across all sectors. Additionally, The County has reported a week of over 1,000 new positive cases per day.

The County has not yet issued the Public Health Officer Order, but they have said that some exceptions will apply, and these will be similar to masking requirements that were in place prior to June 15th. You will be able to view the updated Health Officer Order , which will be posted no later than July 16, at publichealth.lacounty.gov. Once the Health Officer Order is updated, we will send it out with further information. 

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