As of Oct. 7, proof of full vaccination or a negative test result is required to enter outdoor mega events, and proof of at least one dose of the vaccine is required to enter or work in indoor portions of bars, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries in L.A. County.
On November 4, bars and similar establishments throughout L.A. County will be required to verify full vaccination of all patrons and employees prior to entry to indoor portions of their establishments. To help businesses through all stages of implementation, which includes an overview of vaccination and testing requirements, Public Health created toolkits that are available online, at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/business-verification.htm
Under a state order, K-12 school staff across the county are required to be vaccinated by October 15 or test weekly. LAUSD students participating in extracurricular activities must be fully vaccinated by October 31, and Culver City students are required to be vaccinated by November 19. All LAUSD students 12 and over must be fully vaccinated by December 19.
“We grieve alongside everyone who has suffered the loss of friends and families during this difficult time. Our prayers and hearts are with you,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Many of us are trying to figure out our holiday plans. As Halloween, Thanksgiving and the December holiday season are fast approaching, we are hopeful that with continued declines in cases, we can plan for gatherings, parties, and perhaps travel to celebrate with family and friends. While we continue to live with the uncertainties posed by a mutating virus, one thing is certain: whatever your plans, they’ll be safer if you and your loved ones are vaccinated. To be safe, it is helpful to make sure to get your vaccine in time to be fully protected for the holidays.”
Los Angeles County continues to see a downward trend in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
On Sept. 27, the County’s seven-day daily case average was 1,050 new cases—a decrease of more than 57 percent from a month earlier. Over the same period, hospitalizations and deaths both declined by 45 percent. The County continues to see, on average, 14 deaths a day.
By midweek, the Department of Public Health had confirmed 35 new deaths and 964 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 35 new deaths reported today, six people who passed away were over the age of 80, 10 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, 12 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, five people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 to 29. To date, Public Health identified 1,464,793 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 26,195 deaths.
As of Wednesday morning, there were a reported 768 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Thirty percent of these persons are in the ICU. This is a decrease of 122 daily hospitalizations over the past week.
The slowing of community transmission is also reflected in the number of new cases at schools. By midweek, the overall case numbers in schools continue to decrease countywide. There were a reported 559 student cases the week of Sept. 26 through Oct. 1, while staff cases decreased to 82 over the same period.
Most K-12 cases are not associated with outbreaks, but when three or more cases are linked at a school or school-based activity, they are considered to be part of an outbreak, and are met with additional resources dedicated to investigating and stopping transmission among students, staff, and communities.
The number of school outbreaks also decreased by more than half between the prior week and last week, from 12 outbreaks the week ending September 26 to five outbreaks the week ending October 2. This past week, there was one outbreak in youth sports, and two outbreaks each in elementary and middle schools.