On Friday, Los Angeles County Public Health officials confirmed five new deaths and 336 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 28,196 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Of the five new deaths reported today, two people that passed away were over the age of 80 and three people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79.
“To everyone who has lost a family member or friend to COVID-19, our deepest sympathies go out you,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health.
To date, Public Health identified 1,248,737 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,470 deaths.
There are 224 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 29% of these people are in the ICU.
Testing results are available for more than 6,990,000 individuals with 17% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 0.8%.
Public Health officials say it is important to get tested for COVID-19 infection if you develop symptoms, even if you are fully vaccinated.
Testing is also recommended for unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or who has had a potential exposure.
COVID-19 testing remains widely available across the county.
Testing is an important tool to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, however, testing alone will not stop the spread of COVID-19 said Public Health officials.
Identifying cases early provides an opportunity to contain outbreaks before they spread using contact tracing, isolation and quarantine directives, workplace mitigation strategies, targeted vaccination strategies, and alignment of appropriate resources, including County mobile teams and community health workers to get in quickly, to reduce any chances that outbreaks will spread.
Newest Vaccination Sweepstakes
Beginning today, Friday, June 25 through next Thursday, July 1 at County-run vaccination sites, LA City sites, and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center sites, everyone 18 and older coming to get a vaccine will have an opportunity to win one of two packages, each containing season passes to Six Flags, the LA Zoo, the Natural History Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits, and ticket packs to the California Science Center.
Official rules and participating site locations are posted online on the Los Angeles County Vaccination Sweepstakes page.
California Friday Snapshot
Note: Today’s case count includes a backlog of 659 cases from Riverside County. Most of these cases occurred in 2020.
Statewide, as of Thursday, June 24, California Department of Public Health officials confirmed 3,708,861 COVID-19 cases (up 2,015) with 62,890 deaths from the disease (up 68) since the pandemic began. There were 2,015 newly recorded confirmed cases Thursday.
Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
As of June 24, local health departments have reported 112,862 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 474 deaths statewide.
The 7-day positivity rate is 1.1%.
There have been 69,046,971 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 143,881 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
As of June 25, providers have reported administering a total of 40,996,453 vaccine doses statewide.
The CDC reports that 47,869,615 doses have been delivered to entities within the state.
Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed.
See more California information later in this report.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Friday Update
Note: Data for Friday, June 25, was not available by the time of publication.
As of Thursday, June 24, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital had zero cases pending, nine patients hospitalized and a total of 1,248 patients had been treated and discharged since the pandemic began, and no additional deceased, hospital spokesman Patrick Moody said.
The last COVID-related death occurred May 21.
Privacy laws prohibit Henry Mayo from releasing the community of residence for patients who die at the hospital; residence info is reported by the L.A. County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard, which generally lags 48 hours behind.
Santa Clarita Valley Friday Update
As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, the L.A. County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard recorded 307 deaths among Santa Clarita Valley residents since the pandemic began.
The following is the community breakdown of the 307 SCV residents who have died, according to the L.A. County dashboard:
264 in Santa Clarita
17 in Castaic
6 in Acton
6 in Stevenson Ranch
4 in unincorporated Canyon Country
3 in Agua Dulce
1 in unincorporated Bouquet Canyon
1 in Elizabeth Lake
1 in Lake Hughes
1 in Newhall
1 in unincorporated Saugus/Canyon Country
1 in Valencia
1 in Val Verde
Of the 28,196 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to Public Health for the SCV to date, the community breakdown is as follows:
* City of Santa Clarita: 20,647
* Castaic: 3,754 (incl. Pitchess Detention Center & North County Correctional Facility*)
* Stevenson Ranch: 1,172
* Canyon Country (unincorporated portion): 854
* Acton: 495
* Val Verde: 339
* Agua Dulce: 287
* Valencia (unincorporated portion west of I-5): 199
* Saugus (unincorporated portion): 132
* Elizabeth Lake: 82/p>
* Newhall (Unincorporated portion): 69
* Bouquet Canyon: 49
* Lake Hughes: 42
* Saugus/Canyon Country: 40
* Sand Canyon: 17
* San Francisquito/Bouquet Canyon: 15
* Placerita Canyon: 3
*Note: The county is unable to break out separate numbers for Castaic and PDC/NCCF because the county uses geotagging software that cannot be changed at this time, according to officials. Click here for the LASD COVID-19 dashboard.
L.A. County Vaccine Update
“Now that we have reopened and safety modifications have been lifted in most settings, we must continue to increase vaccinations. While COVID-19 deaths have dropped dramatically in L.A. County, the deaths that continue to occur are almost 100% among unvaccinated adults. Ninety-nine percent of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County since January have been unvaccinated. While masking and distancing remain effective means for reducing transmission, the most powerful tool we have for keeping cases down and protecting ourselves and others are the COVID-19 vaccines,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health.
Public Health continues to build an extensive network with pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, hospitals, health clinics, and community vaccination sites, including these large-capacity sites:
* Dodger Stadium (operated by the city of Los Angeles)
* College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
* Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center, 3850 E Ave S, Palmdale, CA 93550
* California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles 90032 (operated by FEMA)
There are now three new vaccination locations at Ted Watkins Memorial Park in L.A., Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex and the Senior Citizens Center in Commerce. No appointments are needed and both the Pfizer and the J&J vaccines will be available.
Visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) to learn how to make an appointment at vaccination sites. If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.
L.A. County Public Health’s Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
Each week, the California Department of Public Health updates the number of cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) reported in the state.
As of June 21 there have been 543 cases of MIS-C have been reported statewide.
MIS-C is a rare inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 that can damage multiple organ systems. MIS-C can require hospitalization and be life-threatening.
Parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of MIS-C including fever that does not go away, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling tired.
Although very rare, COVID-19 cases among children can sometimes result a few weeks later in very serious illness known as Multi-symptom Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
Vaccine Eligibility Update
As of May 13, vaccination appointments for individuals aged 12+ can be made by visiting myturn.ca.gov. The consent of a parent or legal guardian may be needed for those between the ages of 12 and 17 to receive a vaccination. For more information on the vaccine effort, visit Vaccinate All 58.
Tracking COVID-19 in California
* State Dashboard – Daily COVID-19 data
* County Map – Local data
* Data and Tools – Models and dashboards for researchers, scientists, and the public
* COVID-19 Race & Ethnicity Data – Weekly updated Race & Ethnicity data
* Cases and Deaths by Age Group – Weekly updated Deaths by Age Group data
* Health Equity Dashboard – See how COVID-19 highlights existing inequities in health
* Tracking Variants – Data on the variants California is currently monitoring
* Safe Schools for All Hub – Information about safe in-person instruction
* School Districts Reopening Map – data on public schools and reported outbreaks
California Testing & Turnaround Time
The testing turnaround time dashboardreports how long California patients are waiting for COVID-19 test results.
During the week of June 13 to June 19, the average time patients waited for test results was under one day.
During this same time period, 88% of patients received test results in one day and 97% received them within two days.
Protect Yourself and Your Family: Your Actions Save Lives
Protect yourself, family, friends, and community by following these prevention measures:
* Getting vaccinated when it’s your turn. Californians age 16+ are eligible to make an appointment.
* Avoiding non-essential travel, and practicing self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival if you leave the state.
* Keeping interactions limited to people who live in your household.
* Wearing a cloth face mask when out in public.
* Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
* Avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
* Covering a cough or sneeze with your sleeve or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.
* Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
* Staying away from work, school, or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
* Staying home except for essential needs/activities following local and state public health guidelines when patronizing approved businesses. To the extent that sectors are re-opened, Californians may leave their homes to work at, patronize, or otherwise engage with those businesses, establishments or activities.
* Getting tested if you believe you’ve been exposed. Free, confidential testing is available statewide.
* Adding your phone to the fight by signing up for COVID-19 exposure notifications from CA Notify.
* Answering the call if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or local health department tries to connect.
* Following guidance from public health officials.
California COVID-19 Data and Tools
A wide range of data and analysis guides California’s response to COVID-19. The state is making the data and its analytical tools available to researchers, scientists and the public at covid19.ca.gov.
* The Statewide COVID-19 Dashboard
* The California COVID-19 Assessment Tool (CalCAT)
* State Cases and Deaths Associated with COVID-19 by Age Group
* COVID-19 Race & Ethnicity Data
* COVID-19 Hospital Data and Case Statistics
* View additional datasets at the California Open Data Portal (including Testing Data, PPE Logistics Data, Hospital Data, Homeless Impact and more)
Consolidated guidance is available on the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance webpage.
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Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19):
* Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
* California Department of Public Health
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
* World Health Organization
* Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard
L.A. County residents can also call 2-1-1.
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