L.A. County Test Positivity Rate Hits Record Low as Vaccinations Increase
The Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 36 new deaths and 643 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health identified 1,228,114 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County and a total of 23,601 deaths.
Testing results are available for nearly 6,272,000 individuals with 18% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 1%, the lowest test positivity rate since the beginning of the pandemic. The test positivity rate peaked over 20% in late-December during the surge.
Nearly 5,400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people across Los Angeles County. Of these, nearly 3,500,000 were first doses and more than 1,900,000 were second doses. As of April 9, 71% of L.A. County residents 65 and older received at least one dose of the vaccine. In total, 41% of the County’s population 16 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Of the 36 new deaths reported today, 11 people who passed away were over the age of 80, 11 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, six people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, three people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29. Three deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and one death was reported by the City of Pasadena.
The City of Glendale reports 19,764 cases, the City of La Cañada Flintridge reports 749 cases, Sunland reports 2,276 cases, Tujunga reports 2,898 cases and in the unincorporated portion of Los Angeles County, Angeles National Forest reports 33 cases and La Crescenta-Montrose reports 1,087 cases.
“To the families that are grieving the loss of a loved one to COVID-19, we extend our deepest condolences to you,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, director of Public Health. “Fully vaccinated people are less likely to get and spread COVID-19 and so many lives have already been saved because residents are getting vaccinated and because businesses and residents continue to follow Health Officer safety measures. Getting vaccinated and following the safety measures provides the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19 and will keep community transmission low and help us move forward our recovery journey.”
There are 512 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 24% of these people are in the ICU.
Everyone living or working in LA County 16 and older is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. To learn how to make an appointment, what verifications patients will need to show at their vaccination appointment, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.
County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions people can take to protect themselves, their family and their community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.