Public health officials touted “huge progress” in the fight against COVID-19 and loosened travel advisories as Los Angeles County stepped into the orange level of the state reopening plan on Monday.
The change comes amid a 97% drop in the number of new coronavirus infections on a daily basis.The 7-day average of new cases is now 400 per day, compared with 14,200 new cases per day on that date. Jan. 5, Barbara Ferrer, county health director, speaks at a news briefing.
“This is similar to the daily case numbers reported at the end of March, which marked the beginning of the outbreak,” she said.
Hospitalizations fell 92% from the beginning of this year and the number of daily deaths dropped 92%, from 252 deaths per day to just nine, according to Ferrer.
On Monday, officials reported 366 new cases and one death, noting the numbers were likely lower than they were due to normal delays in reporting over the weekend.
The changes announced Monday to the county̵7;s trip advisor were made in line with new recommendations published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to CDC rules, travelers who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to be tested or quarantined when returning to LA County.
Those who were not fully vaccinated would need to quarantine for seven days if they received a negative test result or 10 days if they were not tested upon arrival, officials said.
All tourists will still have to quarantine if they start showing signs of illness. And, in general, unnecessary travel remains unsupported, especially considering the increased cases in hotspots across the country and the significant risks from coronavirus strains. More infection
“Travel always involves additional risks,” she said.
The health director also warned that concerns about the coronavirus fourth wave in some areas and the new strain could pose a threat to LA County.
“We must continue to implement public health safety measures until more people are vaccinated if we want to protect our interests,” Ferrer said. Orange level “
The county received nearly 400,000 vaccines to provide care this week, including 118,000 Johnson & Johnson shootings.
Ferrer said this was the highest allocation the county could receive, but “unfortunately LA County has not yet received a sufficient amount for our capacity.”
Once the Angelenos vaccine was fully received, Ferrer expected the infection to decrease further.
She pointed out lower nursing home cases in which 80% of residents and 81% of staff were vaccinated. Only 14 people were infected with COVID-19 among staff and residents during the week of March 23, down about 99 percent from the beginning of January.
“The big reduction is strong evidence of how powerful a vaccine is,” Ferrer said.
This week, more than 100,000 doses, or 26% of the county’s allocation, will go to health centers and clinics serving communities hardest hit by the outbreak, and another 54,000 will go to mobile vaccinations in the United States. Those neighborhoods, Ferrer said.
The county also received $ 15 million in state funding to increase vaccination in vulnerable areas “through the county’s ongoing cooperation with the governor and the Blue Shield,” the District Chief. Lada Solis made the announcement at a briefing on Monday.
Donations of $ 250,000 to $ 500,000 will be given to clinics, community and faith-based organizations, home health care agencies and mobile vaccines to deploy resources and build their vaccination capacities, Solis said.
“This funding will help build the infrastructure needed to close the racial and ethnic health inequalities that this pandemic has clearly demonstrated,” she said. April 15, with all adults in the county eligible for vaccines, more importantly, programs to ensure equal access to vaccines are available to everyone. ”