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For Immediate Release:

May 18, 2022

As Cases and Test Positivity at Schools Continue to Increase, Outbreak Prevention Strategies Can Slow Spread as Schools Prepare to Host Graduations and Other Large Events - 4,384 New Positive Cases and 10 New Deaths Due to COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

Positive cases and test positivity at Los Angeles County schools continue to increase, highlighting the importance of layering in all safety measures as many schools prepare to host end-of-year events and gatherings such as graduations.

The number of cases among students and staff increased nearly four-fold in one month, likely reflecting higher rates of community transmission and the large number of gatherings associated with end-of-year events including proms, school performances, and sport leagues. For the week ending May 8, there were a total of 5,620 positive cases at schools across the county, of which 4,465 were among students and 1,155 among staff. A month prior, for the week ending April 10, there were 1,422 positive cases, of which 1,167 were among students and 255 among staff.

Test positivity also increased this past month at schools from 0.19% for the week ending April 8 to 0.61% for the week ending May 13.

School-associated outbreaks have remained relatively stable this past month with small fluctuations week to week. For the week ending May 14, nine new outbreaks were reported (seven in elementary schools and two in middle schools).

In the past month, larger outbreaks, ranging from 25-60 infected students and staff, have been associated with proms, school performances and events, and field trips.

With higher transmission rates in the community, there is the potential for continued increases in student and staff cases. Minimizing transmission at schools and school events remains a high priority with the Public Health School Support Team offering school partners information, resources, help with outbreak management, and technical assistance to layer in strategies that enhance safety.

Public Health emphasizes that with more spread of highly infectious new variants, all students, staff, and visitors wear well-fitting masks or respirators when indoors. Masking indoors is required for any asymptomatic staff and students who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. This simple step can make a substantial difference, since wearing a face mask or respirator in indoor public settings has been associated with significantly lower odds of testing positive for COVID-19 and masking requirements in schools have been associated with lower risks of outbreaks.

Schools are encouraged to conduct response COVID-19 testing to protect students and staff. Response testing includes ensuring access to testing for students and staff who have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 and/or who have COVID-19 symptoms. If resources are available, schools can also offer weekly testing for those who are not fully vaccinated, since these individuals are at elevated risk of becoming severely ill should they become infected and would benefit from an early diagnosis.

Parents and students are expected to follow the isolation and quarantine Health Officer Orders. Students who are required to isolate shouldn’t return to school until they’ve been released from isolation. If they meet the criteria to leave isolation early, they should wear a highly protective mask around others, except when eating or drinking, for 10 days after their symptoms started or the date of their first positive test if they’re asymptomatic.

Exposed asymptomatic students can remain in school, provided they wear a mask indoors when they are around others, for 10 days after their last exposure, and are tested three to five days after exposure, to make sure they aren’t infected.

As a reminder, vaccines continue to provide the best protection against illness and hospitalizations and are the safest way to keep children in school and other activities. This week there are 242 school vaccine clinics scheduled, and these sites offer pediatric doses for ages 5-11, as well as vaccines and boosters for eligible individuals 12 years of age and older.

For information, go to VaccinateLACounty.com or VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) and go to the How to Get Vaccinated webpage, or call the COVID-19 information line at (833) 540-0473 between the hours of 8 AM and 8:30 PM seven days a week.

“I send my deepest sympathies and wishes of peace and comfort to the many families who have lost a loved one from COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As we acknowledge the devastation of losing over 1 million people to COVID-19 in the United States, we are obligated to move forward with a renewed commitment to minimizing the most terrible outcomes associated with this virus. To do that, we need additional resources that guarantee access to highly effective vaccines, therapeutics, and testing for everyone, with a focus on those living and working in under-resourced communities. Strategies should be in place that prevent supply chain disruptions from exacerbating risk among essential workers. And sensible safety precautions are needed at schools, so that in-person learning is possible for all, including vulnerable staff and students. Importantly, each of us needs to do our best to protect each other and those in danger of experiencing severe illness or death from the virus. Thankfully, with the many tools at our disposal, we can enjoy gathering with friends and family and participating in the activities we love while reducing unnecessary risk by masking indoors, testing when exposed, ill or gathering, and staying up to date on vaccinations.”

Today, Public Health reported 10 additional deaths and 4,384 new positive cases today. Of the 10 new deaths reported today, six were between the ages of 50-64 and four were aged 80 years or older. Of the 10 newly reported deaths, all had underlying health conditions. To date, the total number of deaths in L.A. County is 32,055.

Public Health has reported a total of 2,922,210 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County. Today’s positivity rate is 3.2%.

There are 363 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for more than 11,945,365 individuals, with 22% of people testing positive.

A wide range of data and dashboards on COVID-19 from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are available on the Public Health website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov including:

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Total Cases

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

2,922,210

-- Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)

2,765,225

-- Long Beach

127,599

-- Pasadena

29,386

Deaths

32,055

-- Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)

30,374

-- Long Beach

1,267

-- Pasadena

414

Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

- 0 to 4

84964

- 5 to 11

245713

- 12 to 17

240178

- 18 to 29

616128

- 30 to 49

882725

- 50 to 64

457193

- 65 to 79

178413

- over 80

57855

- Under Investigation

2056

Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

- Female

1407961

- Male

1279881

- Other

1219

- Under Investigation

76164

Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

- American Indian/Alaska Native

5086

- Asian

175391

- Black

139085

- Hispanic/Latino

1248578

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

14013

- White

363414

- Other

306630

- Under Investigation

513028

Hospitalization (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

- Hospitalized (Ever)***

138,334

Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

- American Indian/Alaska Native

73

- Asian

3791

- Black

2813

- Hispanic/Latino

15605

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

112

- White

7581

- Other

309

- Under Investigation

90

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

4406

21099

City of Alhambra

17684

20391

City of Arcadia

8538

14783

City of Artesia

4273

25442

City of Avalon

64

1654

City of Azusa

13930

27838

City of Baldwin Park

23220

30247

City of Bell

14051

38674

City of Bell Gardens

14275

33143

City of Bellflower

23691

30477

City of Beverly Hills

8807

25513

City of Bradbury

67

6268

City of Burbank

23454

21883

City of Calabasas

4239

17428

City of Carson

26251

27972

City of Cerritos

8815

17606

City of Claremont

7356

20162

City of Commerce*

4578

35029

City of Compton

33418

33450

City of Covina

14954

30498

City of Cudahy

10122

41574

City of Culver City

7932

19897

City of Diamond Bar

9535

16578

City of Downey

36539

31978

City of Duarte

5314

24137

City of El Monte

33477

28547

City of El Segundo

2978

17741

City of Gardena

16692

27226

City of Glendale

45744

22153

City of Glendora

12066

22868

City of Hawaiian Gardens

4216

28727

City of Hawthorne

23062

25975

City of Hermosa Beach

3512

17855

City of Hidden Hills

280

14815

City of Huntington Park

22289

37471

City of Industry

409

93593

City of Inglewood

29962

26379

City of Irwindale

540

37012

City of La Canada Flintridge

3124

15097

City of La Habra Heights

166

3043

City of La Mirada

10737

21648

City of La Puente

12874

31634

City of La Verne

7226

21711

City of Lakewood

19552

24330

City of Lancaster*

51532

31895

City of Lawndale

8283

24642

City of Lomita

4455

21492

City of Lynwood*

25017

34723

City of Malibu

2240

17283

City of Manhattan Beach

5367

14909

City of Maywood

10681

38080

City of Monrovia

8533

21992

City of Montebello

19535

30346

City of Monterey Park

12021

19307

City of Norwalk

33679

31294

City of Palmdale

53625

33733

City of Palos Verdes Estates

1616

11951

City of Paramount

19122

34132

City of Pico Rivera

21280

33103

City of Pomona

52672

33779

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

5210

12188

City of Redondo Beach

10735

15627

City of Rolling Hills

199

10258

City of Rolling Hills Estates

1049

12930

City of Rosemead

11091

20038

City of San Dimas*

8297

24038

City of San Fernando

10600

43068

City of San Gabriel

7848

19163

City of San Marino

1544

11629

City of Santa Clarita

55703

25271

City of Santa Fe Springs

6455

35150

City of Santa Monica

18557

20073

City of Sierra Madre

1611

14660

City of Signal Hill

2935

24879

City of South El Monte

6637

31779

City of South Gate

38804

39533

City of South Pasadena

4341

16662

City of Temple City

6519

17882

City of Torrance

23942

16040

City of Vernon

314

150239

City of Walnut

5076

16625

City of West Covina

29979

27698

City of West Hollywood

8498

22998

City of Westlake Village

294

3517

City of Whittier

24168

27642

Los Angeles

1208217

29872

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

2649

32297

Los Angeles - Alsace

3616

29056

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

6

15000

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

661

26419

Los Angeles - Arleta

13826

40227

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

3696

25201

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

7731

24839

Los Angeles - Bel Air

1614

19148

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

2525

20160

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

3217

24421

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

33629

38706

Los Angeles - Brentwood

6072

19616

Los Angeles - Brookside

104

17900

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

1888

26513

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

20562

31494

Los Angeles - Carthay

3112

21667

Los Angeles - Central

15004

38480

Los Angeles - Century City

2558

19997

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

13608

40301

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

9705

26187

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

1812

19758

Los Angeles - Chinatown

2049

25545

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

4163

28606

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

3749

24741

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

4090

29576

Los Angeles - Crestview

2989

26293

Los Angeles - Del Rey

6300

21045

Los Angeles - Downtown*

12354

44912

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

9747

24620

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

7540

25745

Los Angeles - Echo Park

3515

24656

Los Angeles - El Sereno

13558

32429

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

1422

24895

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

2806

27588

Los Angeles - Encino

10937

24212

Los Angeles - Exposition

988

29705

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

14800

32950

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

932

25889

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

3069

35191

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

19676

41471

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

8312

26300

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

3244

30137

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

16556

28451

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

8620

40084

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

3572

20964

Los Angeles - Harbor City

7215

24819

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

12400

28440

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

468

19427

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

5245

29082

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

15153

39945

Los Angeles - Highland Park

13382

27654

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

4361

31442

Los Angeles - Hollywood

16715

24489

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

5646

19182

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

9394

32914

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

2557

31673

Los Angeles - Koreatown

13254

25640

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

1278

28032

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

12584

29816

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

4682

35651

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

4405

28914

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

10299

31595

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

2483

30941

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

7016

24754

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

1121

35780

Los Angeles - Longwood

1376

31970

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

4131

19118

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

2458

28796

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

563

18022

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

7781

18321

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

715

16399

Los Angeles - Melrose

20827

26806

Los Angeles - Mid-city

3591

23892

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

3669

20400

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

9601

39799

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

6555

27148

Los Angeles - North Hills

20393

33119

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

47373

31286

Los Angeles - Northridge

19757

28306

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

3663

17204

Los Angeles - Pacoima

32475

42187

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

690

17941

Los Angeles - Palms

8530

19441

Los Angeles - Panorama City

27510

36558

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

2369

17445

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

14048

33574

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

433

13548

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

2447

22353

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

7638

21462

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

1565

23857

Los Angeles - Regent Square

670

24101

Los Angeles - Reseda

25171

32853

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

1445

31169

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

901

21310

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

20166

25841

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

1013

22805

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

19930

22841

Los Angeles - Silverlake

10154

23034

Los Angeles - South Carthay

2412

22765

Los Angeles - South Park

14984

39472

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

1557

33966

Los Angeles - Studio City

4974

22166

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

19078

36351

Los Angeles - Sunland

5232

25637

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

130

20093

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

34174

41474

Los Angeles - Tarzana

7954

25761

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

11295

28608

Los Angeles - Thai Town

2277

23213

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

1813

20830

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

366

28025

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

350

18837

Los Angeles - Tujunga

6918

24876

Los Angeles - University Hills

735

21435

Los Angeles - University Park

9566

34841

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

8965

29867

Los Angeles - Valley Village

6282

25413

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

31014

33279

Los Angeles - Venice

6969

20567

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

6250

36337

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

3166

41348

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

15675

38059

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

21941

42196

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

2346

27932

Los Angeles - View Heights

780

21115

Los Angeles - Watts

16442

38529

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

1455

29603

Los Angeles - West Adams

8899

32208

Los Angeles - West Hills

9151

22570

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

8100

21522

Los Angeles - West Vernon

20660

38513

Los Angeles - Westchester

9452

18317

Los Angeles - Westlake

17384

29288

Los Angeles - Westwood

11327

20934

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

16551

45811

Los Angeles - Wilmington

19667

34817

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

13321

26552

Los Angeles - Winnetka

15660

30240

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

15249

22407

Unincorporated - Acton

1548

19420

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

794

19096

Unincorporated - Altadena

8652

19835

Unincorporated - Anaverde

329

21817

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

75

6024

Unincorporated - Arcadia

1498

18770

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

14452

34051

Unincorporated - Athens Village

2308

47131

Unincorporated - Avocado Heights

2246

33151

Unincorporated - Azusa

5026

31564

Unincorporated - Bassett

4858

32787

Unincorporated - Bouquet Canyon

150

13979

Unincorporated - Bradbury

72

66667

Unincorporated - Canyon Country

2696

34886

Unincorporated - Castaic*

7724

28406

Unincorporated - Cerritos

147

25043

Unincorporated - Charter Oak

2

10000

Unincorporated - Claremont

103

14672

Unincorporated - Covina

4885

29045

Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak)

3657

27823

Unincorporated - Del Aire

926

21079

Unincorporated - Del Rey

97

30503

Unincorporated - Del Sur

546

22609

Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands

756

30325

Unincorporated - Duarte

1538

34734

Unincorporated - East Covina

76

23100

Unincorporated - East La Mirada

1235

23337

Unincorporated - East Lancaster

42

36842

Unincorporated - East Los Angeles

48559

38764

Unincorporated - East Pasadena

330

5154

Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez

5131

33518

Unincorporated - East Whittier

1104

20807

Unincorporated - El Camino Village

1914

21772

Unincorporated - El Monte

51

35172

Unincorporated - Elizabeth Lake

210

12643

Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone

26567

41059

Unincorporated - Franklin Canyon

1

8333

Unincorporated - Glendora

169

25606

Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights

12050

21546

Unincorporated - Harbor Gateway

4

400000

Unincorporated - Hawthorne

615

24463

Unincorporated - Hi Vista

135

12295

Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons

544

38527

Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose

3019

15247

Unincorporated - La Habra Heights

17

2515

Unincorporated - La Rambla

615

29639

Unincorporated - La Verne*

522

25588

Unincorporated - Ladera Heights

1342

18979

Unincorporated - Lake Hughes

150

22455

Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles

3468

26689

Unincorporated - Lake Manor

359

21850

Unincorporated - Lakewood

1

877

Unincorporated - Lennox

6481

28751

Unincorporated - Leona Valley

262

14963

Unincorporated - Littlerock

1202

29893

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills

279

21511

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom

1044

29252

Unincorporated - Llano

101

11517

Unincorporated - Marina del Rey

1781

18925

Unincorporated - Miracle Mile

0

0

Unincorporated - Monrovia

891

22958

Unincorporated - Newhall

87

39545

Unincorporated - North Lancaster

345

28798

Unincorporated - North Whittier

2448

29282

Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel

4238

17632

Unincorporated - Padua Hills

26

12093

Unincorporated - Palmdale

217

25772

Unincorporated - Palos Verdes Peninsula

69

11111

Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano

325

16616

Unincorporated - Pellissier Village

301

48627

Unincorporated - Placerita Canyon

15

3261

Unincorporated - Pomona

141

7276

Unincorporated - Quartz Hill

3153

24430

Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez

946

35551

Unincorporated - Roosevelt

218

23416

Unincorporated - Rosewood

398

30949

Unincorporated - Rosewood/East Gardena

418

35038

Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez

1092

32490

Unincorporated - Rowland Heights

9053

17743

Unincorporated - San Clemente Island

0

0

Unincorporated - San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon

36

4196

Unincorporated - San Jose Hills

6469

31991

Unincorporated - San Pasqual

66

3243

Unincorporated - Sand Canyon

49

15909

Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island

630

235955

Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains*

2963

15912

Unincorporated - Saugus

328

211613

Unincorporated - Saugus/Canyon Country

91

25562

Unincorporated - South Antelope Valley

92

20220

Unincorporated - South El Monte

626

34875

Unincorporated - South San Gabriel

2069

23384

Unincorporated - South Whittier

17471

29501

Unincorporated - Southeast Antelope Valley

186

23816

Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch

4298

20500

Unincorporated - Sun Village

1821

30169

Unincorporated - Sunrise Village

423

32639

Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain

318

19180

Unincorporated - Val Verde

871

26322

Unincorporated - Valencia

711

23145

Unincorporated - Valinda

7589

32472

Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills

2594

22295

Unincorporated - Walnut Park

6179

38277

Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley

135

8934

Unincorporated - West Carson

5703

25822

Unincorporated - West Chatsworth

4

33333

Unincorporated - West LA

594

62395

Unincorporated - West Puente Valley

3264

33188

Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez

396

29139

Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos

8395

31179

Unincorporated - Westfield/Academy Hills

174

13385

Unincorporated - Westhills

132

15733

Unincorporated - White Fence Farms

734

19929

Unincorporated - Whittier

760

20085

Unincorporated - Whittier Narrows

65

541667

Unincorporated - Willowbrook

13869

39724

Unincorporated - Wiseburn

1460

24224

- Under Investigation

67961


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