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From LA County -Safety Precautions Encouraged as Cases Increase
With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, residents planning to gather should follow all safety precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19 or being part of an outbreak.
The current uptick in cases is likely due to the more easily transmitted BA.2 subvariant, which continues to increase in LA County. The average number of daily new cases reported over the last seven days increased to 1,030 compared to the 892 reported last week, an increase of 15%.
Steps you can take to reduce risk:
- Getting vaccinated or boosted
- Wearing a mask indoors in public places
- Testing before and after gatherings
Public Health Expands Access to “Test to Treat” Program
Public Health is expanding access to COVID-19 therapeutics across L.A. County by launching the Public Health “Test to Treat” Tele-health Services and adding additional “Test to Treat” locations across LA County. These therapeutics are most effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19 when administered rapidly following symptom onset.
Residents can find current “Test to Treat” locations in LA County at: ph.lacounty.gov/covidmedicines.
Individuals can contact the Tele-health Call Center seven days a week from 8:00 am - 8:30 pm at 833-540-0473. Tele-health staff will answer questions and connect patients to services as needed.
Residents currently have the option of accessing these medications by going to one of 58 Test to Treat sites in the county, one of the 26 DHS-Fulgent Testing sites, or one of three Public Health vaccination sites (Market Street Center in Santa Clarita, Obregon Park in East Los Angeles, and Ted Watkins Memorial Park in South Los Angeles).
The federal government “Test to Treat'' program currently includes 20 CVS Minute Clinics and 11 Walgreens locations in L.A. County that allow patients to walk in to get tested, evaluated, and treated on the same visit at the same location.
Walk-In Options Expand for Second Boosters
Second boosters are now available at LA County vaccination clinics to residents 50+ who were boosted at least 4 months ago. If you or someone you know needs assistance with getting to an appointment or needs homebound service, call 833-540-0473 or visit http://VaccinateLACounty.com.
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
- California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/index.html Spanish https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html
- World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
- LA County residents can also call 2-1-1