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Updated: August 25th, 2022

Why its 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.

COVID19 AND FAMILIES

Mask Wearing Rules and Recommendations

4-21-22: Masks are still required in some settings and strongly recommended in others - see the summary below and details in the Health Officer Order.

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

EVERYONE* MUST wear a mask:

  • On all forms of public transportation in LA County. This includes trains, buses, taxis and ride-shares.
  • In all indoor transportation hubs in LA County, including airport and bus terminals, train and subway stations, seaports or other indoor port terminals, or any other indoor area that serves as a transportation hub.
  • In healthcare settings
  • In long-term care settings and adult/senior care facilities
  • In state and local correctional facilities and detention centers
  • Shelters and cooling centers
  • In any other location where it is the policy of the business or venue

Masks are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for EVERYONE in:

  • Airplanes
  • Indoor public settings and businesses such as retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, cardrooms, meetings, state and local government offices serve the public.
  • Indoors at K-12 schools and daycare

Additional mask recommendations

  •  Masks are strongly recommended indoors or in crowded outdoor settings for people at high risk of severe illness, or who live with someone who is at high risk. Masks that provide the best protection against COVID-19 should be worn. Examples include a well-fitting respirator (e.g., N95, KN95) or a double mask (a well-fitting cloth mask over a medical mask).
  • Masks are strongly recommended for people who are gathering indoors with people who are at high risk of severe illness.

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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.

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COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing:

What is COVID-19?

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.

COVID-19 Symptoms

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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.

Book your COVID-19 Test       LA County Home Test Collection Program

 

For more information about getting tested, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s testing information page:

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COVID-19 Data:

LA County Data

Los Angeles County is continuously updating data on COVID-19 infections, click here to view latest data points.

 

LA County Reopening Information:

L.A. County Qualifies for Yellow Tier Threshold

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

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Safer at Home Order

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.

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Request a COVID-19 Test

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.

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Report Hate Incident

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. 

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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.

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