PUBLIC HEALTH DISSEMINATION
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues to work with qualified nursing facilities to ensure their eligible residents and staff receive COVID boosters.
The majority of qualified nursing facilities have established relationships with long-term care pharmacies that will support the provision of booster doses to eligible residents. Starting this week, qualified nursing facilities will be interviewed weekly to gather information on the implementation of strategies to ensure that eligible residents can receive booster doses. Public health strives to overcome all barriers to requesting, receiving and administering reminders, and deploying mobile vaccination teams to assist any skilled nursing facility in need of assistance.
For the week ending October 17, 56 people tested positive for COVID-19 at skilled nursing facilities: 44 new cases were among residents of skilled nursing facilities and 12 new cases were among skilled staff at facilities nursing. Fifty-five percent of new cases the week ending Oct. 17 in skilled nursing facilities are among staff and fully vaccinated residents.
Qualified nursing facilities report that 95% of staff and 88% of residents are fully immunized. Qualified nursing facilities are subject to strict infection control precautions and are also required to check the immunization status of all workers and perform routine tests on staff and residents. All personnel in skilled nursing care facilities should be fully immunized against COVID-19; those with an approved medical or religious exemption should be tested once or twice a week.
Public Health confirmed 11 new deaths and 909 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Of the 11 new deaths reported, one deceased was over 80, four who died were between 65 and 79, four who died were between 50 and 64, and one deceased was between 30 and 49. One death has been reported by the city of Long Beach. To date, public health has identified 1,487,502 positive cases of COVID-19 in all areas of LA County and a total of 26,578 deaths.
There are currently 650 people with COVID-19 hospitalized and 28% of those people are in intensive care. Test results are available for nearly 9,010,000 people, with 15% of people testing positive. The positivity rate for Wednesday’s tests was 1.2%.
“To families and friends who are going through the sadness and grief of losing a loved one to COVID-19, our thoughts and prayers are with you every day,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Health public. “We continue to work with trained nursing facilities across the county to ensure these vulnerable residents have good access to booster doses as soon as possible. We urge others who are eligible for booster doses, especially those at higher risk of serious illness if infected, to take advantage of the enhanced protection provided by boosters, especially before holiday gatherings that create more stress. opportunities for the spread of COVID-19. “
Boosters are available for those eligible for the three FDA-approved vaccines; Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Residents who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be boosted at least two months after the single dose. Residents who received the second in a two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna at least 6 months ago are also eligible for a booster dose if they are:
- 65 years and over OR
- 18 and over living in long-term care facilities OR
- 18 years and over who have underlying health problems OR
- 18 years and over who work or live in high risk environments
All eligible people are allowed to choose a different brand of their original vaccine as a booster. Residents can make an appointment for their reminder by using MonTurn.CA.gov or the county website at VaccinateLACounty.com and for more information on booster injections. In addition, many pharmacies and clinics in the county can accept appointments through their own systems.
Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers, regardless of their immigration status. Appointments are not necessary at all Public Health vaccination sites where the first, second and third doses are available.
To find a vaccination site near you, schedule vaccination site appointments, and more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or if you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connect to free transportation to and from an immunization site, or schedule a home visit if you are homebound.
Vaccinated middle and high school students are eligible for free UCLA football tickets. UCLA has partnered with Public Health to offer free tickets to a UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl to college or high school students in LA County who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, until exhaustion of tickets. Students aged 12 to 18 who have received at least one dose can register for free tickets online by visiting: http://ph.lacounty.gov/DPHUCLAVaxforTix.
COVID-19 Industry Protocols, Best Practices, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Interactive Monitoring Dashboard, Recovery Dashboard, and additional steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and community are on the public health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.