New cases, hospital admissions, and beds occupied by COVID-19 patients are remaining low in LA County. The use of bivalent boosters, therapeutics, and other common sense mitigation measures have helped tamper transmission and prevent severe illness. As we move into a new phase of the pandemic, these tools will continue to be essential.
Public Health especially stresses the importance of staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. Local data provides powerful evidence of the very real protection offered by the bivalent booster even against the newer variants circulating now, including XBB.1.5.
- Unvaccinated individuals were over 6x more likely to be hospitalized than those who had gotten the bivalent booster and 3x as likely to be hospitalized compared to those who were vaccinated, but didn’t have the bivalent booster*
- Vaccinated individuals who hadn’t had the bivalent booster were more than 2x as likely to be hospitalized than those who got it.*
- Unvaccinated individuals were 7.5x as likely to die than whose who had received the bivalent booster and 4x as likely to be hospitalized than those who had been vaccinated but did not receive the bivalent booster.^
- Vaccinated individuals who hadn’t had the bivalent booster were more than 2x as likely to die than those who got it.^
For the past two years COVID-19 has been one of the top 10 leading causes of death in LA County including among children, with 21 pediatric deaths recorded since the start of the pandemic. In Los Angeles County, and nationwide, COVID-19 also remains a top 10 leading cause of death among adults.
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*Data from a 30-day period ending Jan. 17, 2023.
^Data from a 30-day period ending Jan. 10, 2023.
Get Free COVID-19 Testing and Treatment in LA County
Visit a Test to Treat site to get tested for COVID-19 and, if you test positive, talk to a healthcare provider and pick up medication all in one place. Find a location at http://ph.lacounty.gov/covidmedicines or call 833-540-0473 (8am – 8:30pm; 7 days a week).