New cases, hospital admissions, and beds occupied by COVID-19 patients are low in LA County. The use of bivalent boosters, therapeutics, and other common sense mitigation measures have helped tamp down transmission and prevent severe illness. As we move into a new phase of the pandemic, these tools will continue to be essential.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health 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.
For hospitalizations: Unvaccinated individuals were over 6 times more likely to be hospitalized than those who had gotten the bivalent booster and 3 times 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 2 times as likely to be hospitalized than those who got it.*
For deaths: Unvaccinated individuals were 7.5 times as likely to die than those who had received the bivalent booster and 4 times 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 2 times 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.
*Data from a 30-day period ending January 17, 2023.
^Data from a 30-day period ending January 10, 2023.
To keep safe and to safeguard others, stay up to date on all vaccines, wash your hands, wear a mask indoors and in very crowded outdoor spaces, stay home when sick and seek treatment as soon as you have symptoms.
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