HEALTH UPDATE: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
REVISED February 24, 2021
Latest COVID-19 Updates:
- Los Angeles County will offer COVID-19 vaccines for workers in the following sectors on March 1 – Food and Agriculture, Education and Childcare, and Emergency Services and First Responders. Registration is required and workers will need to show proof of identification and proof of employment in a qualifying sector within Los Angeles County. With very limited vaccine supply and uncertainty on timing for increased production, a realistic and carefully developed plan for expanding vaccination availability to these additional sectors is being executed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
- Food & Agriculture
- Food service workers
- Food manufacturing
- Grocery store workers
- Grocery store workers (without pharmacies)
- Animal agriculture workers including those involved in Vet health
- Food and Agriculture-associated Port and transportation workers
- Education & Childcare
- Teachers (K-12, Preschool)
- Support staff (K-12, Preschool)
- Independent Schools
- Junior Colleges
- Colleges & Universities
- Emergency Services & First Responders
- Police/law enforcement officers
- Emergency Management, Search and Rescue, Emergency and public safety communication centers, EOCs
- National Security
- Maritime and Aviation Response (TSA)
- Corrections officers and workers
- Courts/Legal Counsel & Prosecution
- Campus and school police
- Rehabilitation and Re-entry
- Federal law enforcement agencies
- Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatchers
- Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures
- DCFS, APS (workers physically responding to abuse and neglect of children, elderly and dependent adults)
- Food & Agriculture
- On February 20, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 14 total cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 (U.K. variant) in Los Angeles County. This variant is known to spread more easily and quickly than other variants and is circulating in the state and county. In January 2021, scientists from U.K. reported evidence that suggests the B.1.1.7 variant may be associated with an increased risk of death compared with other variants. More studies are needed to confirm this finding.
- On February 18, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updated the Health Officer Order to note that per the State Consolidated Framework and Guidance, when the County adjusted daily case rate has been less than 25 per 100,000 population for five consecutive days and the school has met all the state and county requirements for reopening, schools may open for in-person instruction for students in grades TK-6. Schools in California may not reopen for in-person instruction for grades 7-12 if the county is in Tier 1 (Purple, Widespread).
- Updated CDC Quarantine Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons: The California Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health support the new CDC recommendation that fully vaccinated persons with an exposure to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria:
- it has been > 2 weeks since the final dose,
- they are within 3 months of having received the final vaccine dose, and
- they have remained asymptomatic since the exposure.
Fully vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including testing, if indicated. All vaccinated persons must continue all precautions including masking, physical distancing, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Los Angeles County Travel Advisory and Guidance: Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 during this pandemic. Please do NOT travel if you are sick. To read the full Travel Advisory and Guidance, click here.
- Los Angeles County residents should continue to avoid all non-essential travel and stay within 120 miles from their place of residence, unless they are traveling for essential purposes. "Non-essential travel" includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
- All non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering the County of Los Angeles and need to self-quarantine.
- All persons arriving in or returning to the County of Los Angeles from other states or countries, must self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival, except as necessary to meet urgent critical healthcare staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response. Additionally, this does not apply to individuals who routinely cross state or country borders solely for the purpose of essential travel.
If you do travel into Los Angeles County from outside of California, you need to self-quarantine for 10 days after you arrive and must limit your interactions to people in your household/people with whom you live. If you travel into Los Angeles County solely for essential work purposes, you need to still self-quarantine outside of your work for 10 days and ensure you do not mix with others outside of those necessary to conduct your essential work.
People at high-risk of severe COVID-19 should be particularly careful about traveling, including:
- People who are older, smoke or are overweight
- Pregnant women
- People with certain medical conditions like diabetes, heart problems, COPD, cancer, weakened immune systems, and sickle cell disease.
For more information on COVID-19, visit:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
California COVID-19 Response - covid19.ca.gov
California Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County COVID-19 Response - covid19.lacounty.gov
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
World Health Organization