Los Angeles County cancelled plans to re-impose the universal mask-wearing rule, citing declining trends in COVID-19, today the county health department reported stable case and hospitalization figures — and suggested that the county could soon be moving into the “universal mask-wearing” category. “medium”Transmission level will drop to next week
The county reported that the county’s seven day case rate was still elevated at 426 cases for every 100,000 people. However, the county has released the most recent data.
Los Angeles County has a 9.7 percent rate of hospitalizations according to the latest hospitalization data. This suggests that, assuming that rates remain stable or decline, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could have the county designated as a “medium” community by Thursday, the health department reported.
“We are happy to see improvements and thank all those who continue to protect those most vulnerable. Since, as in the past, surges have most adverse consequences for those who are not vaccinated, older and have underlying health issues, live in communities where poverty is high, and are more exposed at work, and in the community,” stated Barbara Ferrer, Public Heath Director.
Ferrer stated that masks are not required but recommended.
“As the medium community level is reached, we will need common-sense safety precautions to reduce transmission to a level that causes fewer disruptions, less illness and less death,” she stated.
We have many great tools and will use them. To reduce your chance of getting infected, please keep your vaccines current. Wear your mask indoors to prevent the spread of infectious agents at their source and protect the wearer against aerosolized virus.
Friday’s health department report showed that there were 6,399 more positive COVID-19 cases. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 3,292,692.
There were 18 additional deaths, taking the total to 32 708 All of Friday’s deaths were reported by people who had underlying medical conditions.
According to state figures, Friday’s number of COVID-positive COVID patients in county hospital remained the same at 1,239 — a decrease from 1,280 on Wednesday. From the 1,239 patients in county hospitals, 138 were receiving intensive care.
147 one day earlier
In the meantime, the department announced Friday the Novavax vaccine will be available at county coronavirus vaccination locations starting Wednesday.
After the vaccine was tested in Phase 3 clinical trials, it was determined to be 90% effective against mild and moderate disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted an emergency authorization for its use July 13.
Trial with 30,000 participants, ages 18-plus
“Authorizing an extra COVID-19 vaccine expands available vaccine options to prevent COVID-19. This includes the most severe outcomes such as hospitalization or death,” said Dr. Robert M. Califf, DA Commissioner, when he announced the vaccine’s authorization.
Novavax vaccine, unlike the Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech vaccinations, was not developed using mRNA technology.
Novavax, which is available in other countries, can be used as a “traditional” vaccine. It uses protein-based technology which the FDA has used for decades in treating diseases such as hepatitis B (shingles), and human papillomavirus (HPV). The body creates immunity to a portion of the vaccine.
L.A. County residents aged 18 and over can get the Novavax vaccination. This is a 2-dose primary series that administers the second dose three weeks after the previous. The Novavax vaccine is not approved for children under 17 years of age. Boosters are not advised.
For the vaccine, residents are able to walk into any Los Angeles County Department of Public Health location. Novavax is also available through your doctor.