COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Have Declined This Week in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles–The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 262 new deaths and 8,512 new cases of confirmed COVID-19. There are currently 7,263 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, and 23% of these people are in the ICU.

To date, Public Health has identified 1,046,021 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 14,641 deaths. Last week, the seven-day average of new cases was 15,182. This week, the seven-day average of cases is 10,560, a decrease of 30 percent. Hospitalizations have also decreased this week, down 7 percent since last week Thursday.

Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health issued a statement advising providers that they can immediately resume the administration of lot 41L20A of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which was temporarily paused last Sunday due to possible allergic reactions in participants at a drive-through site in San Diego County.

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup and additional allergy and immunology specialists convened yesterday to examine the evidence collected. They had further discussions with the County of San Diego Department of Public Health, the FDA, CDC and manufacturer, and found no scientific basis to continue the pause. Providers that paused vaccine administration from Moderna Lot 41L20A can immediately resume using this vaccine.

With this decision, more than 18,000 Moderna doses will be freed up and are now available for use at various facilities that had received them in Los Angeles County. These doses do not impact the large-scale County vaccination sites.