On Wednesday, November 24, Los Angeles County health officials issued a final call to residents to exercise caution during Thanksgiving so that holiday gatherings do not become a breeding ground for the spread of COVID-19.
“As we all take much needed time to rest and gather with loved ones, please remember that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 remains high and unvaccinated people continue to be at higher risk of serious health consequences,” the department said. public health district. This is stated in a statement by director Barbara Ferrer. “Taking a healthy approach to the holiday can reduce risks.
“Please remember to gather outdoors for as many Thanksgiving celebrations as possible, get tested if you are not vaccinated or have high-risk guests, and camouflage indoors if anyone present is not vaccinated and / or has a high risk, ”she said. “And when you go shopping or at social events, disguise yourself and avoid large crowds. We wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy holiday. “
The county public health department has recommended that people avoid crowded or poorly ventilated areas and keep their distance from others while eating unless everyone is fully vaccinated.
As usual, officials said anyone who is sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID should stay at home and get tested.
On Wednesday, the county reported 28 more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total death toll from the virus to 27,074.
An additional 1,081 new cases of infection were also confirmed, bringing the total in the district during the pandemic to 1,522,240.
The sliding average daily number of people who tested positive for the virus was 1.4% as of Wednesday.
County hospitals had 552 COVID-19 patients as of Wednesday, up from 551 on Tuesday, according to government data. Of those patients, 155 were in the intensive care unit, down from 158 on Tuesday.
As of last week, 82% of county residents aged 12 and over received at least one dose of COVID vaccine, and 73% were fully vaccinated. Of the district’s total population of 10.3 million, 71% received at least one dose and 63% were fully vaccinated.
Blacks still have the lowest vaccination rate at 54%, followed by Hispanics at 59%, whites at 72% and Asians at 80%.
Of the approximately 5.99 million residents who were fully vaccinated as of Nov.16, Ferrer said 75,249 have subsequently tested positive for the virus, representing 1.26%. Of the vaccinated population, 2528 were hospitalized, which is 0.042%, and 422 died, which is 0.007%.
While Los Angeles County routinely publishes updated data on COVID-19 cases on a daily basis, figures are not released on Thursday due to Thanksgiving. The next county update is expected on Friday.