“Large scale vaccine adoption could change the pandemic’s trajectory with significant case and hospitalization reductions,” County Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.
Long Beach loosened its quarantine guidelines this week for vaccinated people who haven’t received their booster yet.
California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent, the youngest age of any state, under a proposal late Thursday by a state senator.
Perhaps offering hope that the omicron-fueled surge in COVID-19 infections is waning, Los Angeles County reported slight drops in some key pandemic-tracking metrics today, but the rate of virus spread is still at an all-time high—and another 102 deaths were reported.
The city on Monday reported 7,854 new COVID-19 infections, an extremely high number that came partially from a backlog in test results, officials said.
The tests arrived too late to screen kids before they returned from winter break, so the LBUSD nows recommends parents use them when they’re notified of possible exposures.
While the overall COVID hospitalization number countywide remains below last winter’s peak of more than 8,000, health officials stressed that the rising patient population is creating strain at hospitals that were already coping with staffing shortages.
Anyone with a residential address in the U.S. can sign up to receive four free, rapid tests per household.
The number of California children diagnosed with COVID-19 during the omicron variant surge has “skyrocketed,” challenging earlier notions that the coronavirus largely bypassed children. Child vaccination rates are relatively low, and children who contract COVID-19 could be at increased risk for rare conditions and diabetes.
The number of COVID-19-positive patients in LA County hospitals inched upward again, reaching a level nearly six times higher than just one month ago.