With the Start of Summer Activities, Bivalent Boosters, Other County Resources Available to Keep Individuals from Experiencing Severe Illness Associated with COVID-19

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Public Health’s Homebound Vaccine Program Provides Equitable Access to Vaccines

As many residents look forward to graduations, vacations and other summertime activities, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is asking everyone to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. For everyone 6 years and older, being up to date means they have had one dose of the bivalent vaccine. For those who are over 65 years old and/or immunocompromised, a second dose is available to provide even greater protection.

Bivalent vaccines are free and readily available to residents throughout Los Angeles County, including people who have difficulties leaving their home to get to a vaccination site.

Public Health helps thousands of residents get and stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters with its Homebound Vaccination Program. Through this free service, Public Health has vaccinated 8,786 residents and administered 14,500 doses since March 2021. Nearly 60% of the clients vaccinated by the homebound program lived in high-risk ZIP codes for poor COVID-19 outcomes. More than 80% of the people who have used this service are ages 60 and older.

The Homebound Vaccination Program is free and easy to use. Residents are asked to call 1-833-540-0473 between 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. every day of the week to request an appointment or go online to ph.lacounty.gov/vaxathome or ph.lacounty.gov/vacunacionencasa (en español). Public Health partners with community-based mobile health care providers, who will call to schedule an appointment, typically within two weeks, and show up at the resident’s home to vaccinate them, their caregivers and any household/family members upon request.

The bivalent vaccine has been shown to provide ample protection against hospitalization and severe illness as it targets more recent COVID-19 Omicron strains. When comparing individuals who are unvaccinated to individuals who received the bivalent vaccine, for the 90-day period ending April 10, people who were unvaccinated were nearly five times more likely to be hospitalized and nearly six times more likely to die from COVID-19. Even for people who were previously vaccinated, the bivalent vaccine still provides additional protection. During the same period, people with a dose of the bivalent vaccine were one-and-a-half times less likely to be hospitalized from a COVID-19 infection and nearly two times less likely to die than those vaccinated without a bivalent dose.

People who are ages 65 and older or immunocompromised are eligible for second bivalent boosters. Older adults can now receive a second bivalent booster four months after their first bivalent dose; and people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised can receive a second booster two months after their first. As of April 30, more than 372,000 adults 65 and older in Los Angeles County are now eligible for a second bivalent booster. Everyone ages 6 years and older, including those who are unvaccinated, should get one bivalent vaccine to be considered up to date. Some children ages 6 months to 5 years may also need one bivalent vaccine, depending on the number of doses they’ve previously received and their age.

COVID-19 numbers remain stable and low in Los Angeles County; however, in past years, Los Angeles County has seen a rise in COVID-19 transmission in late spring and summer months as the school year ends and summer festivities start. Public Health officials remain optimistic a summer uptick in cases can be minimized so long as residents take sensible precautions.

Testing can provide an important layer of protection by detecting asymptomatic infection or verifying that the symptoms are attributed to a COVID infection.  This is especially important with the new XBB.1.16 strain, which may be associated with COVID-19 symptoms that could be easily confused with allergies.

Free COVID-19 at-home tests can be picked up at libraries and community organizations across Los Angeles County and at Public Health vaccination sites or ordered through the federal government. At this time, most insurance plans are still either providing free tests or reimbursing for the cost of up to eight purchases tests each month. More information on testing can be found at ph.lacounty.gov/COVIDtests.

XBB.1.5 remains the dominant COVID strain in Los Angeles County accounting for 73% of sequenced specimens for the week ending April 8. The second most dominant strain was XBB.1.9.1, accounting for 6.5% of sequenced specimens. Public Health continues to monitor new strains, including XBB.1.16. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that XBB.1.16 makes up 10.3% of cases in California and surrounding states. In LA County, XBB.1.16 accounted for 2.4% of recently sequenced specimens.

The weekly reported case count for COVID-19 remained relatively stable at 2,533 compared to 2,659 last week.  The 7-day average number of COVID hospitalizations is 266 this week, similar to the 275 reported last week. Reported weekly deaths also remained stable at 51 deaths this week; this is similar to the 54 deaths reported last week.

Among reported deaths this week is one pediatric death. This marks a solemn milestone, the 25th pediatric death in Los Angeles County from COVID-19.

“I offer my deepest condolences to families who have lost a loved one to COVID. My thoughts are with you as you grieve and I wish you peace,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Ed., Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “Our data metrics are reassuring and allowing many of us to engage with less risk in the activities we love. In order for us to be able to understand the level of risk, it is important to continue monitoring patterns of transmission and severe illness, along with understanding when and how the virus is mutating.  This makes it easier for each of us to increase or decrease the common-sense precautions we take to protect ourselves and others in our families, communities and at work.  For those at higher risk for severe illness, common-sense precautions may always need to be taken and this includes being up to date with the bivalent booster to minimize, even during times of lower transmission, the risk of being hospitalized or dying.  Each of us can help protect those at higher risk by staying away from others when sick, testing before gathering indoors with those at high risk, practicing good hand hygiene, and helping those at higher risk access needed resources.  Free vaccines, tests and therapeutics remain available throughout the county.”

Los Angeles County remains in the CDC’s Low COVID-19 Community Level for the 16th consecutive week. This includes a weekly reported case rate of 25 new cases per 100,000 people. The 7-day total for new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people is currently 3.1. And the 7-day average of the proportion of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients is now 1.5%.

As of Tuesday, May 2, there have been a total of 36,247 deaths in Los Angeles County.

Public Health is now reporting COVID data weekly. The following table shows the weekly reported case counts, average number of daily hospitalizations, and weekly reported death counts in Los Angeles County over the past four weeks.

MetricDate of Weekly Report
Weekly cases reported12,5332,6593,1143,023
SARS-CoV-2 wastewater concentration as a percentage of the Winter 2022-2023 peak concentration value213%18%14%14%
7-day average number of COVID-positive hospitalizations3266275328348
7-day average of the percent of Emergency Department (ED) encounters classified as coronavirus-related43.0%2.7%3.0%3.2%
Weekly deaths reported151544459
1) Weekly case and death counts represent the number of cases and deaths reported for the week ending each Tuesday. The date a case/death is reported by DPH is not the same as the date of testing or death.
2) Wastewater concentrations reflect the week ending each Saturday, with a one-week lag. 
3) Hospitalization data represents average number of COVID-positive hospitalizations for the week ending each Tuesday. Data for past weeks is subject to change in future reports.4) Emergency department data represents average number of coronavirus classified encounters for the week ending each Sunday. Data for past weeks is subject to change in future reports.

A wide range of data and dashboards on COVID-19 from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are available on the Public Health website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov including:

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Cases through 12:00pm 5/1/2023  
Total Cases 
Laboratory Confirmed Cases3,738,769 
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)3,534,674 
— Long Beach163,920 
— Pasadena40,175 
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)34,392 
— Long Beach1,408 
— Pasadena447 
Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)  
– 0 to 4111,649 
– 5 to 11282,785 
– 12 to 17277,618 
– 18 to 29758,058 
– 30 to 491,133,249 
– 50 to 64613,357 
– 65 to 79263,106 
–  over 8092,459 
–  Under Investigation2,393 
Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)  
–  Female1,823,860 
–  Male1,620,075 
–  Other1,791 
–  Under Investigation88,948 
Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)  
–  American Indian/Alaska Native6,709 
–  Asian263,109 
–  Black185,543 
–  Hispanic/Latino1,511,733 
–  Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander17,689 
–  White490,612 
–  Other405,381 
–  Under Investigation653,898 
Hospitalization (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)  
–  Hospitalized (Ever)176,926 
Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)  
–  American Indian/Alaska Native80 
–  Asian4,476 
–  Black3,224 
–  Hispanic/Latino16,836 
–  Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander118 
–  White9,148 
–  Other417 
–  Under Investigation93 
CITY / COMMUNITY**CasesCase Rate
City of Agoura Hills633230321
City of Alhambra2541429304
City of Arcadia1364823631
City of Artesia599635701
City of Avalon2887444
City of Azusa1749834968
City of Baldwin Park2963738605
City of Bell1698246741
City of Bell Gardens1709539690
City of Bellflower3074539551
City of Beverly Hills1155333468
City of Bradbury716642
City of Burbank3279030593
City of Calabasas582523949
City of Carson3490637195
City of Cerritos1331726598
City of Claremont1039028478
City of Commerce*586044839
City of Compton4016640205
City of Covina2025541310
City of Cudahy1220050109
City of Culver City1192229906
City of Diamond Bar1363823712
City of Downey4672540893
City of Duarte749934062
City of El Monte4268536399
City of El Segundo406624223
City of Gardena2182635599
City of Glendale6022629166
City of Glendora1500728442
City of Hawaiian Gardens500134076
City of Hawthorne2956833302
City of Hermosa Beach472824037
City of Hidden Hills38220212
City of Huntington Park2629244200
City of Industry1013231808
City of Inglewood3868834062
City of Irwindale88260452
City of La Canada Flintridge453221901
City of La Habra Heights2133905
City of La Mirada1420228634
City of La Puente1597439251
City of La Verne923127736
City of Lakewood2699033586
City of Lancaster*6413239693
City of Lawndale1057831469
City of Lomita609929423
City of Lynwood*3117443269
City of Malibu288222236
City of Manhattan Beach743620656
City of Maywood1277845556
City of Monrovia1184730534
City of Montebello2544139520
City of Monterey Park1746828056
City of Norwalk4298939944
City of Palmdale6684042046
City of Palos Verdes Estates226416743
City of Paramount2269840516
City of Pico Rivera2810443718
City of Pomona6555042038
City of Rancho Palos Verdes774818125
City of Redondo Beach1556522657
City of Rolling Hills29815361
City of Rolling Hills Estates153018859
City of Rosemead1520927478
City of San Dimas*1111132191
City of San Fernando1277351897
City of San Gabriel1144427944
City of San Marino240218091
City of Santa Clarita7341933308
City of Santa Fe Springs789142970
City of Santa Monica2639228549
City of Sierra Madre241221949
City of Signal Hill409934746
City of South El Monte841040268
City of South Gate4713248018
City of South Pasadena632224266
City of Temple City1074029461
City of Torrance3428722970
City of Vernon357170813
City of Walnut756624781
City of West Covina3952436517
City of West Hollywood1128230532
City of Westlake Village4495371
City of Whittier3132935832
Los Angeles152689237751
Los Angeles – Adams-Normandie321039137
Los Angeles – Alsace450936231
Los Angeles – Angeles National Forest00
Los Angeles – Angelino Heights84933933
Los Angeles – Arleta1691249206
Los Angeles – Atwater Village508134645
Los Angeles – Baldwin Hills1022832861
Los Angeles – Bel Air244729031
Los Angeles – Beverly Crest333826651
Los Angeles – Beverlywood421832020
Los Angeles – Boyle Heights*4046546574
Los Angeles – Brentwood842127204
Los Angeles – Brookside15727022
Los Angeles – Cadillac-Corning229532229
Los Angeles – Canoga Park2531338771
Los Angeles – Carthay440030634
Los Angeles – Central1703443686
Los Angeles – Century City375829378
Los Angeles – Century Palms/Cove1628948241
Los Angeles – Chatsworth1292434872
Los Angeles – Cheviot Hills255827892
Los Angeles – Chinatown291836380
Los Angeles – Cloverdale/Cochran532336577
Los Angeles – Country Club Park491332423
Los Angeles – Crenshaw District533438571
Los Angeles – Crestview395834817
Los Angeles – Del Rey842328137
Los Angeles – Downtown*1620858923
Los Angeles – Eagle Rock1382334916
Los Angeles – East Hollywood953932571
Los Angeles – Echo Park450331587
Los Angeles – El Sereno1693940516
Los Angeles – Elysian Park184432283
Los Angeles – Elysian Valley357435139
Los Angeles – Encino1525733775
Los Angeles – Exposition128038485
Los Angeles – Exposition Park1826740668
Los Angeles – Faircrest Heights126835222
Los Angeles – Figueroa Park Square379743539
Los Angeles – Florence-Firestone2286748197
Los Angeles – Glassell Park1100634825
Los Angeles – Gramercy Place416738712
Los Angeles – Granada Hills2155537042
Los Angeles – Green Meadows1006546803
Los Angeles – Hancock Park475227889
Los Angeles – Harbor City941332380
Los Angeles – Harbor Gateway1570036009
Los Angeles – Harbor Pines64826899
Los Angeles – Harvard Heights615834145
Los Angeles – Harvard Park1802347510
Los Angeles – Highland Park1725135649
Los Angeles – Historic Filipinotown550939719
Los Angeles – Hollywood2169431784
Los Angeles – Hollywood Hills769226133
Los Angeles – Hyde Park1196241912
Los Angeles – Jefferson Park315039019
Los Angeles – Koreatown1623031397
Los Angeles – Lafayette Square159835052
Los Angeles – Lake Balboa1629738613
Los Angeles – Lakeview Terrace614146760
Los Angeles – Leimert Park579338024
Los Angeles – Lincoln Heights1282039329
Los Angeles – Little Armenia305838106
Los Angeles – Little Bangladesh867930621
Los Angeles – Little Tokyo148047239
Los Angeles – Longwood178241403
Los Angeles – Los Feliz642429730
Los Angeles – Manchester Square325938179
Los Angeles – Mandeville Canyon90028809
Los Angeles – Mar Vista1096925827
Los Angeles – Marina Peninsula96222064
Los Angeles – Melrose2628333828
Los Angeles – Mid-city449329894
Los Angeles – Miracle Mile493627445
Los Angeles – Mission Hills1192849445
Los Angeles – Mt. Washington824834160
Los Angeles – North Hills2534441160
Los Angeles – North Hollywood5912539047
Los Angeles – Northridge2563336725
Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades504323686
Los Angeles – Pacoima3890450538
Los Angeles – Palisades Highlands92624077
Los Angeles – Palms1207327516
Los Angeles – Panorama City3357844622
Los Angeles – Park La Brea325923999
Los Angeles – Pico-Union1641439229
Los Angeles – Playa Del Rey60518930
Los Angeles – Playa Vista342931324
Los Angeles – Porter Ranch1056529687
Los Angeles – Rancho Park225134314
Los Angeles – Regent Square87731547
Los Angeles – Reseda3216741984
Los Angeles – Reseda Ranch179738762
Los Angeles – Reynier Village118027909
Los Angeles – San Pedro*2621533593
Los Angeles – Shadow Hills132429806
Los Angeles – Sherman Oaks2774631799
Los Angeles – Silverlake1329830166
Los Angeles – South Carthay327330892
Los Angeles – South Park1689144496
Los Angeles – St Elmo Village187640925
Los Angeles – Studio City706131466
Los Angeles – Sun Valley2323244266
Los Angeles – Sunland693633987
Los Angeles – Sycamore Square21132612
Los Angeles – Sylmar*4224751272
Los Angeles – Tarzana1057534250
Los Angeles – Temple-Beaudry1353734287
Los Angeles – Thai Town281128657
Los Angeles – Toluca Lake256729492
Los Angeles – Toluca Terrace52940505
Los Angeles – Toluca Woods47525565
Los Angeles – Tujunga900032362
Los Angeles – University Hills93527267
Los Angeles – University Park1164442410
Los Angeles – Valley Glen1123637433
Los Angeles – Valley Village856634652
Los Angeles – Van Nuys*3770740461
Los Angeles – Venice917327071
Los Angeles – Vermont Knolls750143610
Los Angeles – Vermont Square376049105
Los Angeles – Vermont Vista1872345460
Los Angeles – Vernon Central2473647571
Los Angeles – Victoria Park282833671
Los Angeles – View Heights111630211
Los Angeles – Watts1965546058
Los Angeles – Wellington Square184537538
Los Angeles – West Adams1097239710
Los Angeles – West Hills1296031964
Los Angeles – West Los Angeles1163630917
Los Angeles – West Vernon2477746188
Los Angeles – Westchester1392226979
Los Angeles – Westlake2090235215
Los Angeles – Westwood1672530910
Los Angeles – Wholesale District*2226761632
Los Angeles – Wilmington2367241907
Los Angeles – Wilshire Center1717234228
Los Angeles – Winnetka1998638593
Los Angeles – Woodland Hills2062430305
Unincorporated – Acton201325254
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce99223858
Unincorporated – Altadena1171426855
Unincorporated – Anaverde42127918
Unincorporated – Angeles National Forest927390
Unincorporated – Arcadia224928179
Unincorporated – Athens-Westmont1756141376
Unincorporated – Athens Village282557688
Unincorporated – Avocado Heights273540369
Unincorporated – Azusa637140011
Unincorporated – Bassett622141986
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon20619199
Unincorporated – Bradbury136125926
Unincorporated – Canyon Country376148667
Unincorporated – Castaic*961035343
Unincorporated – Cerritos19232709
Unincorporated – Charter Oak1050000
Unincorporated – Claremont15922650
Unincorporated – Covina628837386
Unincorporated – Covina (Charter Oak)506938565
Unincorporated – Del Aire122127794
Unincorporated – Del Rey14746226
Unincorporated – Del Sur70529193
Unincorporated – Desert View Highlands95738387
Unincorporated – Duarte200745325
Unincorporated – East Covina9027356
Unincorporated – East La Mirada165031179
Unincorporated – East Lancaster4337719
Unincorporated – East Los Angeles5867446838
Unincorporated – East Pasadena4326747
Unincorporated – East Rancho Dominguez634241429
Unincorporated – East Whittier143727083
Unincorporated – El Camino Village276731475
Unincorporated – El Monte00
Unincorporated – Elizabeth Lake28817339
Unincorporated – Florence-Firestone3042247016
Unincorporated – Franklin Canyon216667
Unincorporated – Glendora19930152
Unincorporated – Hacienda Heights1660129684
Unincorporated – Harbor Gateway4400000
Unincorporated – Hawthorne76230310
Unincorporated – Hi Vista17315756
Unincorporated – Kagel/Lopez Canyons32222805
Unincorporated – La Crescenta-Montrose447822615
Unincorporated – La Habra Heights213107
Unincorporated – La Rambla91544096
Unincorporated – La Verne*66732696
Unincorporated – Ladera Heights208029416
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes20330389
Unincorporated – Lake Los Angeles408031399
Unincorporated – Lake Manor46128058
Unincorporated – Lakewood2824561
Unincorporated – Lennox766233990
Unincorporated – Leona Valley31517990
Unincorporated – Littlerock141735240
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Juniper Hills36227911
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Pearblossom132637153
Unincorporated – Llano10812315
Unincorporated – Marina del Rey272728977
Unincorporated – Miracle Mile00
Unincorporated – Monrovia112929090
Unincorporated – Newhall10547727
Unincorporated – North Lancaster51442905
Unincorporated – North Whittier315837775
Unincorporated – Northeast San Gabriel533322188
Unincorporated – Padua Hills3817674
Unincorporated – Palmdale26831829
Unincorporated – Palos Verdes Peninsula12620290
Unincorporated – Pearblossom/Llano43522239
Unincorporated – Pellissier Village37660743
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon245217
Unincorporated – Pomona1266502
Unincorporated – Quartz Hill392130381
Unincorporated – Rancho Dominguez120945434
Unincorporated – Roosevelt28130183
Unincorporated – Rosewood51540047
Unincorporated – Rosewood/East Gardena55046102
Unincorporated – Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez134740077
Unincorporated – Rowland Heights1248524470
Unincorporated – San Clemente Island00
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon445128
Unincorporated – San Jose Hills797439434
Unincorporated – San Pasqual904423
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon6320455
Unincorporated – Santa Catalina Island597223596
Unincorporated – Santa Monica Mountains*396421288
Unincorporated – Saugus345222581
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country13537921
Unincorporated – South Antelope Valley12226813
Unincorporated – South El Monte76442563
Unincorporated – South San Gabriel319536110
Unincorporated – South Whittier2171636669
Unincorporated – Southeast Antelope Valley25232266
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch598228532
Unincorporated – Sun Village214535537
Unincorporated – Sunrise Village59145602
Unincorporated – Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain43826417
Unincorporated – Val Verde122136899
Unincorporated – Valencia93430404
Unincorporated – Valinda966941372
Unincorporated – View Park/Windsor Hills363231216
Unincorporated – Walnut Park745946206
Unincorporated – West Antelope Valley18812442
Unincorporated – West Carson830737612
Unincorporated – West Chatsworth541667
Unincorporated – West LA89594013
Unincorporated – West Puente Valley426143325
Unincorporated – West Rancho Dominguez50036792
Unincorporated – West Whittier/Los Nietos1082340197
Unincorporated – Westfield/Academy Hills25319462
Unincorporated – Westhills19923719
Unincorporated – White Fence Farms93225305
Unincorporated – Whittier99926401
Unincorporated – Whittier Narrows76633333
Unincorporated – Willowbrook1673847942
Unincorporated – Wiseburn190831658
 – Under Investigation70889
*  –Case and death numbers include cases identified among persons detained at correctional facilities located in the city/community 
Data are subject to change based on further investigation
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