Health officials recommend avoiding crowded areas

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Los Angeles County health officials have made a final plea to residents to exercise caution during Thanksgiving to prevent holiday gatherings from becoming a spreading area for COVID-19.


What you need to know

  • The rolling daily average number of people who tested positive for the virus was 1.4% as of Wednesday
  • According to state figures, there were 553 COVID-19-positive patients in provincial hospitals as of Thursday, compared to 552 on Wednesday
  • The provincial health ministry advised people to avoid crowded or poorly ventilated areas and to keep their distance from others while eating unless everyone is fully vaccinated
  • The next provincial update is expected on Friday

“As we all take some much-needed time to rest and gather with loved ones, please remember that the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains significant, and unvaccinated people continue to be at greater risk for serious health outcomes,” County says Public Health. Director Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday. “By using common sense during the holidays, risks can be limited.

“Remember to gather as much of your Thanksgiving festivities outside as possible, get tested if you’re unvaccinated or have high-risk guests, and mask inside if anyone in attendance is unvaccinated and/or high-risk.” running,” she said. “And if you’re out shopping or at community events, mask and avoid crowds. We wish you all a safe, healthy and happy holiday.”

The provincial health ministry advised people to avoid crowded or poorly ventilated areas and to keep their distance from others while eating unless everyone is fully vaccinated.

As usual, anyone who is sick or experiencing COVID symptoms should stay home and get tested, officials said.

The province reported a further 28 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, taking the cumulative virus-related death toll to 27,074. An additional 1,081 new infections were also confirmed, giving the province a total of 1,522,240 from the entire pandemic.

The rolling daily average number of people who tested positive for the virus was 1.4% as of Wednesday.

According to state figures, there were 553 COVID-19-positive patients in provincial hospitals on Thursday, compared to 552 on Wednesday. Of those patients, 154 were in intensive care, up from 155 on Wednesday.

Last week, 82% of county residents ages 12 and older had received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and 73% were fully vaccinated. Of the province’s total population of 10.3 million people, 71% received at least one dose and 63% were fully vaccinated.

Black residents still had the lowest vaccination coverage, at 54%, followed by Latina residents at 59%, whites at 72% and Asians at 80%.

Of the roughly 5.99 million residents who were fully vaccinated on Nov. 16, 75,249 subsequently tested positive for the virus, at a rate of 1.26%, Ferrer said. Of the vaccinated population, 2,528 were hospitalized, at a rate of 0.042%, and 422 died, at a rate of 0.007%.

While Los Angeles County normally releases daily updated COVID-19 case numbers, no numbers were released Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The next provincial update is expected on Friday.

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