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L.A. County COVID-19 Hospitalizations Lowest Since Begining Of Pandemic

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Los Angeles County COVID-19 hospitalizations have reached the lowest levels since March of 2020.

There are 376 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 22% of these people are in the ICU. The five-day average of daily hospitalizations is 389, the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health. 

 “We see the power of vaccinations in our low metrics and reduced transmission. It is important to remember those who remain unvaccinated are at a greater risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and a variant of concern,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of public health in a statement. “If you’ve already been vaccinated, encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to get vaccinated if they haven’t done so already. Many COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths can be avoided now that we have vaccines available. Vaccines are the best protection from COVID-19.”

On Friday, 16 new deaths and 421 additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. To date, Public Health identified 1,235,118 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 23,980 deaths.

COVID-19 testing results are available for more than 6,558,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Friday’s daily test positivity rate is 0.6%. The County’s test positivity rate remains very low.

Although very rare, COVID-19 cases among children can sometimes result in a few weeks to a very serious illness known as Multi-symptom Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). 

Public Health has confirmed a total of 186 children with MIS-C including two child deaths from MIS-C in L.A. County. All 186 children with MIS-C in L.A. County were hospitalized and 37% of the children were treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). 

Of the children with MIS-C, nearly 3% were less than one year of age, 25% were between the ages of 1 and 4 years old, 29% were between the ages of 5 and 9 years old, 27% were between the ages of 10 and 14, and 16% were between the ages of 15 and 20 years old. Latino/Latinx children account for 74% of the reported cases, according to the department. 

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at County-run sites and many community sites without an appointment. Anyone 16 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated. For more information, visit here

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Cal/OSHA Drops Mask Mandate For Fully Vaccinated Workers

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California regulators voted Thursday to drop the mask mandate for fully vaccinated workers.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) approved a measure to align with the statewide June 15 face covering guidelines. 

Last month, the board voted to only allow workers to remove masks if all employees in the room were vaccinated. 

Unvaccinated employees must still wear face masks in indoor settings, according to Cal/OSHA

The guidelines require face coverings, such as N95 masks, to be given to unvaccinated workers by request, in place of physical distancing. 

However, masks are not required for vaccinated and unvaccinated workers while outdoors, according to the regulations. 

Businesses are still able to be more strict than the guidelines, according to Cal/OSHA.

Governor Gavin Newsom said earlier this week that he would sign an executive order that allows the new regulations to go into effect immediately, to avoid the 10-day administrative law review.

Certain settings, including public transit, still require all employees and patrons to wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Students and staff that are indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings are also expected to still wear masks. Healthcare settings, including long-term care facilities, will also still require face coverings. 

In order to be considered fully vaccinated, residents must wait two weeks after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or the first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to Public Health.

Anyone 12 years and older living or working in Los Angeles County can now get vaccinated. For more information, visit here.

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Los Angeles County Modifies Health Officer Order As Full Reopening Takes Effect

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Los Angeles County has now fully aligned with the state on masking orders as the full reopening across California takes effect.

The modifications, which took effect on June 15, now allow fully vaccinated residents to not wear a mask in most businesses, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

Face coverings are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, for public transit, transportation hubs, indoors in K-12 schools, other youth settings and healthcare settings.

Masks are also still required at long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers.

Everyone can remove their masks outdoors, except people who are not fully vaccinated attending large outdoor events, according to Public Health. 

Sector-specific protocols remain in place for indoor K-12 schools, daycares, camps and high-risk congregate settings, according to the department. 

Currently, California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) requires masking, unless all employees in the room are vaccinated. 

Board members said the regulation is temporary and officials are working for a replacement. If the board had voted against the proposal, the existing standard, which requires all employees to wear masks at all times, would have remained in place.

Cal/OSHA is meeting Thursday to modify the regulation, according to the state. 

Governor Gavin Newsom visited Six Flags Magic Mountain on Wednesday to celebrate the reopening, saying the Golden State is “roaring back.”

Newsom announced a new incentive, a chance at one of 50,000 Six Flags tickets, if residents get a COVID-19 vaccine at select sites.

L.A. County residents also have an opportunity to win a pair of season tickets to the 2021-2022 home season of the Clippers, the Rams or the Chargers.

Through June 17, at County-run vaccination sites, participating L.A. city and mobile sites, and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center sites, everyone 18 and older coming to get their first vaccine or who brings a first-time vaccine recipient with them to their second dose appointment will have an opportunity to win a pair of season tickets, according to Public Health.

Anyone 12 years and older living or working in Los Angeles County can now get vaccinated. For more information, visit here.

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Reopening: What Changes In Los Angeles County On June 15?

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From changing mask requirements to lifted business capacities, Los Angeles County is moving toward the biggest reopening since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Starting Tuesday, California is lifting capacity limits for businesses and dropping the requirement for social distancing, said Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of Health and Human Services.

Specific requirements are also expected to continue for large events, schools, daycares, day camps, high-risk congregant settings and health care facilities, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

On the same reopening date, masks will not be required for fully vaccinated individuals in businesses and most public settings, according to the department. 

Face coverings will be required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses such as retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers and government offices serving the public.

However, there are certain settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Masks are still required on public transit including airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares.

Face coverings will also be needed in transportation hubs such as airports, bus terminals, train stations, or any other area that provides transportation.

Students and staff that are indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings are also expected to still wear masks. Public health officials say this change as updated K-12 schools guidance is forthcoming, pending updates for K-12 operational guidance from the CDC.

Healthcare settings, including long-term care facilities, will also still require face coverings. 

Masks are still needed at correctional facilities, detention centers, homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers.

Additionally, employers and workplaces must continue to comply with  California Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Cal/OSHA) standards. 

Cal/OSHA approved a measure to keep the face-covering requirement at sites with unvaccinated workers last week.

Board members said the regulation is temporary and officials are working for a replacement. If the board had voted against the proposal, the existing standard, which requires all employees to wear masks at all times, would have remained in place.

In order to be considered fully vaccinated, residents must wait two weeks after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or the first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the CDC.

Anyone 12 years and older living or working in Los Angeles County can now get vaccinated. For more information, visit here.

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