Variant cases of COVID-19 continue to be identified in Los Angeles County.
By News Desk
The most common circulating variant of concern in L.A. County is now the UK variant (B.1.1.7). In the past, the California (B.1.427/429) variants have been dominant. Of the 40 specimens analyzed by the L.A. County Public Health Laboratory in the past week, 53% were the UK variant and none were the California variant. The lab also detected 6 Brazil (P.1) variants last week and one South African variant (B.1.351).
The identification of these variants and the news of spreading variants from across the globe highlights the need for L.A. County residents to continue to take measures to protect themselves and others: this is particularly true for those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 who can end up unknowingly being incubators of variants of concern. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that over the last few months, during a period when the current viral variants have been circulating widely, vaccines reduced the risk of getting sick with COVID-19 by 94% among fully vaccinated healthcare workers.
Overall vaccination rates, COVID-19 cases and deaths for our communities reported on the Los Angeles County Public Health Dashboard (as of May 22, 2021):
– Percent of adults vaccinated in our communities:
– Total COVID-19 Cases in our communities:
– New COVID-19 Cases in our communities:
Total COVID-19 Deaths in our communities:
> If you are not yet vaccinated or unable to get vaccinated, it is very important that you continue to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance when around others not in your household and consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.
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