Los Angeles County COVID-19 Updates
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, it’s important to stay informed about the latest updates in your area.
On this page, we will provide you with up-to-date information about vaccination and booster availability, testing sites, hospitalization and death rates, and other news related to the pandemic.
Our goal is to keep you informed and help you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your community.
For any questions or concerns, please contact our office at Lakewood Office Phone Number 562-920-1726
Newer COVID-19 Strain XBB.1.5 Emerges as Dominant in Los Angeles County
A newer COVID-19 Omicron strain, XBB.1.5, has emerged as dominant in Los Angeles County according to the most recent analysis of local COVID samples from Public Health.
XBB.1.5 accounts for 32.8% of sequenced specimens in LA County as of Jan. 21, outcompeting BQ.1.1, the previously dominant strain. While new emergent strains have the potential to drive surges in transmission, the county is reporting a steady number of cases and hospitalizations compared to the week prior.
Other parts of the country with significant transmission of XBB.1.5 also have not seen significant increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations or deaths. Because the new dominant strain has more potential to cause infection, Public Health officials are asking residents, especially those who are most vulnerable to severe outcomes, to consider using common-sense protections, such as getting the bivalent booster, testing before large gatherings and seeking immediate treatment, if sick.
People over 50 and those with common health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, asthma, kidney or liver disease, or being overweight, are at greater risk of having severe illness or death from a COVID-19 infection. They and the people around them should take extra precautions to stay safe and healthy.
Free vaccines, boosters, testing and treatment remain widely available throughout Los Angeles County. Visit a community-based test to treat site or access telehealth services by calling 1-833-540-0473.
Health services for homebound residents also are available.
You can find this article and more information at County of Los Angeles Public Health website.
Accessible COVID-19 Tools Remain in Los Angeles County as Emergency Orders End
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is urging residents to continue taking sensible steps to protect themselves and others against severe illness and help keep hospitalization and death rates low, even with the end of federal, state and local emergency orders related to COVID-19.
They are committed to ensuring easy access to free lifesaving preventative services, including testing, vaccinations and boosters, and treatment.
The updated bivalent booster has been shown to offer boosted individuals increased protection against hospitalizations and deaths compared to individuals who were vaccinated but had not received the updated booster.
Unvaccinated people were found to be five times more likely to be hospitalized and over six times more likely to die from a COVID-19 infection compared to those who had received the bivalent booster.
To keep the community in the Low COVID-19 Level, residents, workers and businesses are asked to continue taking sensible steps to protect themselves and those most vulnerable, including staying up-to-date on vaccines and boosters, testing before gatherings, seeking therapeutics, and staying home when sick.
LA County residents who have not had a COVID-19 booster since August 2022 or earlier are encouraged to get up-to-date as soon as possible, especially those who may be at higher risk.
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