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For Immediate Release:

January 21, 2021

Cases and Hospitalizations Have Declined This Week in L.A. County
Public Health Reports 262 New Deaths and 8,512 New Positive Cases of COVID-19

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 262 new deaths and 8,512 new cases of confirmed COVID-19. There are currently 7,263 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, and 23% of these people are in the ICU. To date, Public Health has identified 1,046,021 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 14,641 deaths. Last week, the seven-day average of new cases was 15,182. This week, the seven-day average of cases is 10,560, a decrease of 30 percent. Hospitalizations have also decreased this week, down 7 percent since last week Thursday.

Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health issued a statement advising providers that they can immediately resume the administration of lot 41L20A of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which was temporarily paused last Sunday due to possible allergic reactions in participants at a drive-through site in San Diego County. The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup and additional allergy and immunology specialists convened yesterday to examine the evidence collected. They had further discussions with the County of San Diego Department of Public Health, the FDA, CDC and manufacturer, and found no scientific basis to continue the pause. Providers that paused vaccine administration from Moderna Lot 41L20A can immediately resume using this vaccine.

With this decision, more than 18,000 Moderna doses will be freed up and are now available for use at various facilities that had received them in Los Angeles County. These doses do not impact the large-scale County vaccination sites.

As a reminder, only Los Angeles County healthcare workers in Phase 1A or County residents aged 65 and older are eligible to get their vaccination. Appointments are mandatory. With limited COVID-19 vaccine supply, vaccination appointments are near or at capacity at L.A. County vaccination sites. Those who are currently eligible are encouraged to check back often as there may be cancelations. For those without access to a computer or the internet, a call center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to help schedule appointments at 833-540-0473. Individuals are encouraged to use the website whenever possible to sign up for an appointment to avoid long wait times on the phone.

County residents and healthcare workers in Phase 1A must show identification and documentation of their eligibility at the time of their appointment. Those without documentation will need to be turned away, even if they have an appointment. Information on accepted forms of identification and documentation can be found on the Public Health website appointment page.

Please do not register for an appointment if you are not in a currently eligible group. Doing so will take an appointment away from those at increased risk.

To find out when it's your turn to get vaccinated, residents can visit If it isn't your turn yet, you can register to be notified when you become eligible.

While the County is operating five large-scale vaccination sites, in addition to LA City’s vaccination site at Dodger Stadium, most residents will ultimately be vaccinated at doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, and other licensed community vaccination sites as more vaccine becomes available.

“We know there are people across our community who have suffered tremendous loss. For those of you mourning the passing of a loved one, we wish you healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “The process of getting everyone in L.A. county vaccinated will take several months and depends on vaccine availability. This is the most expansive vaccination campaign in recent history and further complicated by cold chain requirements and the need for two doses. We are asking everyone to be patient while we work through the rollout of our currently limited supply of vaccine from the State. Our team is working very hard to ensure that once we receive vaccine doses they are distributed quickly through a vast network of private and public partners.”

Of the 230 deaths reported today (not including Long Beach and Pasadena), 74 people that passed away were over the age of 80 years old, 84 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 56 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old and 16 people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Of the deaths reported today, 180 deaths were people with underlying health conditions, including 57 people who were over the age of 80 years old, 68 people who were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 45 people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old and 10 people between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Twenty-seven deaths were reported today by the city of Long Beach and five deaths were reported by the city of Pasadena.

Of the total number of people who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 13,723 people; 52% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 24% among White residents, 13% among Asian residents, 8% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 2% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 583 cases and five deaths reported earlier were not L.A. County residents.

Testing results are available for more than 5,303,000 individuals with 19% of all people testing positive.

The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website,

Please see additional information below:

Laboratory Confirmed Total Cases 1046021*

Deaths 14641

Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)


Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)


These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. 583 cases and 5 deaths previously reported were not in Public Health's jurisdiction. * Means that case numbers include cases associated with correctional facility outbreaks located in the city/community. **Rate is crude and is per 100,000. This represents the number of cases per 100,000 people and allows for the proportional comparison of cities of different sizes.

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