Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated: December 1st, 2022
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in LA County!
Why it's important to get vaccinated? COVID-19 vaccines protect people from getting very sick from COVID-19 and ending up in the hospital or dying. They also reduce the risk of becoming chronically ill from COVID-19 (such as long COVID), and from missing work and school.
In addition, getting vaccinated lowers the risk of giving COVID-19 to other people. This is especially helpful in protecting people at higher risk of getting very sick.
It is recommended that people who've had COVID-19 in the past still get the vaccine to strengthen their immunity and to reduce their risk of getting hospitalized with COVID-19.
Updated COVID-19 boosters are now available in LA County.
Get boosted today. To find a location near you, visit VaccinateLACounty.com.
Mask Wearing Rules and Recommendations
County, state, and federal rules require masks for everyone* 2 years of age and older in some locations (see table).
It is strongly recommended that people continue to wear masks that fit and filter well in all indoor public places. The spread of COVID-19 continues to be a significant risk for many in Los Angeles County.
- Masks are still required in some settings and strongly recommended in others. See Mask Wearing Rules and Recommendations for LA County.
- In order to work well, a mask needs to have both a good fit and good filtration. A good fit means that the mask covers your mouth and nose and fits snugly against the sides of your face and your nose. Good filtration means the material that the mask is made of blocks the virus well. You can get good filtration by wearing a mask that has several layers made of certain materials.
- While all masks provide some level of protection, well-fitting respirators (e.g., N95 and KN95) provide the best protection. Wearing a highly protective mask is important for high risk situations and for people at increased risk for severe disease.
Be up-to-date on your COVID-19 Vaccine:
Being up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines means that:
- You have received all primary series doses, and all recommended booster doses, when they are due.
Note: The recommendation for booster doses will vary based on your age, health status, which vaccine you first received, and when you first got vaccinated. Visit the CDC interactive Getting your COVID-19 Booster tool to help determine if you (or your child) are due for any boosters.
When people are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, they have the best protection from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death.
See the LAC DPH COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule webpage at ph.lacounty.gov/covidvaccineschedules for information on all recommended primary and booster doses. For more details, see the CDC webpage, Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines.
COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing:
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that typically causes mild to moderate illness, like the common cold, but can lead to dangerous complications. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China and is now infecting people around the world.
Symptoms may also include: chills, muscle or body pain, fatigue, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, or new loss of taste or smell. This list of symptoms is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
When To Seek Emergency Medical Attention
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
● Trouble breathing
● Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
● New confusion
● Inability to wake or stay awake
● Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking
care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
How to Get Tested for COVID-19
Testing still plays an important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Free COVID-19 testing is available to all Los Angeles County residents at drive-up and walk-up testing sites. Appointments are currently not needed and you are able to register on-site at LA County and City of LA testing sites. Appointments can still be made and can help reduce wait times.
Testing is currently recommended if you:
● Have symptoms of COVID-19.
● Were asked by LA County Department of Public Health to get a test because of a contact tracing or outbreak investigation.
● Were in “close contact” with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks.
● Work or live in places such as skilled nursing facilities, group homes, residential care facilities, correctional facilities or homeless shelters.
● Are a person experiencing homelessness.
● Are an essential worker with frequent contacts with the public in the following areas: health care, emergency, food and grocery services, factory workers in food and retail, public transportation, and education.
● Don't have symptoms but believe you may be infected now because you were exposed to people who were sick, were around many people who were not wearing face coverings, and/or were not keeping safe distance in the past 2 weeks.
For more information about getting tested, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s testing information page:
Los Angeles County is continuously updating data on COVID-19 infections, click here to view latest data points.
LA County Reopening Information:
Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the less restrictive yellow tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its positivity rate, adjusted case rate, and health equity metric.
A revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was issued on Friday May 14 at 12:01 a.m. to reflect newly permitted activities. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of what LA County’s new tier status means for businesses and their customers:
For more information on LA County’s Reopening Process, visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Website.
Things You Can Do
Know how to keep yourself and others safe as LA County begins to reopen - lives depend on our choices and actions to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Go HERE for information regarding the phased approach to reopening LA County Safely.
If you are seeking to be tested for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) complete this online form to see if you are eligible.
You can also connect with COVID-19 related resources and information by dialing 2-1-1 or searching our online database.
If you have been the victim of or witness to an act of violence, bullying, harassment, threat, or other act motivated by hate, please fill out the Hate Incident Report Form or dial 2-1-1 to file a report and be connected to support services.
Keep up to date with current best practices in safety and health by following trusted sources of information such as 211 LA, LA County's Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control's websites and social media accounts which can be found linked below.
Small Business Resources
Mental Health Services
211 LA has developed a Category Search specifically for COVID-19 related information and services. This search will include resources for a wide range of topics, all of which can support those impacted by the novel coronavirus.
Access this search tool HERE.
You may also search for COVID-19 specific information and services by selecting the "Coronavirus" checkbox in the search filter tool.
211 LA is the entry point for a variety of food programs for Seniors & Persons with disabilities, including the Great Plates Delivered program, WIC, and Critical Delivery Service, and can provide referrals to a wide variety of other food-related programs.
Search 211 LA's Food resources HERE.
CalFresh is California's food stamps (SNAP) program, which supports low-income households by providing monthly funds to buy food. During COVID-19 CalFresh has special additional services to support families, including buying groceries online at Walmart and Amazon for home delivery.
Small Business Resources
U.S Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Apply for a Loan by Dec.16, 2020 HERE.
For resources related to Income & Employment go HERE.
View FAQs about the LA Regional COVID Fund HERE.
211 LA is an entry point to the Coordinated Entry System (CES) for Los Angeles families seeking housing assistance. 211 LA screens homeless families for eligibility and links them to the appropriate housing support service provider. Dial 2-1-1 to connect with this program.
For other Housing related services, use 211 LA's Housing Services search HERE.
For resources on everything else:
Healthcare, Education, Legal Services, Re-Entry Services, Transportation, Utilities & Community Services, Immigration, LGBTQ, Seniors & Older Adults, Disability Services, Veteran Services, Youth Services and MORE
Use our Online Search or Dial 2-1-1.
Mental Health Services
During the COVID-19 crisis, Headspace and the LA County Department of Mental Health (DMH) have partnered to provide FREE support and resources for LA County residents. These services include meditations, sleep, and movement exercises designed to help you care for your mind.
Sign up for Headspace's services HERE.
For other mental health services go HERE.