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L.A. County health director urges importance of vaccinations as Delta coronavirus variant is detected

Los Angeles County’s health director on Thursday stressed the importance of ramping up vaccination efforts, saying the Delta coronavirus variant being blamed for massive outbreaks in India has been detected in the county since in April. The variant is already circulating in the U.S. and several of other countries, and it’s not yet clear whether […]

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Half of L.A. County residents over age 16 are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Half of Los Angeles County residents 16 and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, an encouraging milestone as the region — along with the rest of California — prepares to fully reopen in a few weeks. “It is truly thrilling to see us reach this landmark, and I want to thank everyone who’s done […]

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Angelenos who get vaccinated this weekend could win Lakers season tickets

One lucky Angeleno will win a pair of Lakers season tickets if they get vaccinated against COVID-19 this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday, any L.A. County resident who is 18 or older and gets their first dose at included vaccination sites, can win two tickets for all the 2021-2022 season home games of the NBA […]

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L.A. County residents take advantage of the region’s first weekend in least restrictive reopening tier

L.A. County restaurants were abuzz with patrons this weekend, and business owners couldn’t be happier as they spent their first weekend in the least restrictive tier of the state’s reopening blueprint. The county on Thursday moved into the least-restrictive yellow tier and modified its health officer order to allow for more openings across the region.   Reaching this level means restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, amusement parks, sports […]

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Young Latino and Black people have lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate in L.A. County, data show

Young Latino and Black people have the lowest rate of COVID-19 vaccination among any other age, racial and ethnic group in Los Angeles County — and officials say they need to do more to make the shots easy and convenient for more people. Only 18% of Black men and 20% of Black women between the […]

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L.A. County health officials say fully vaccinated residents don’t need to wear masks outside, except in crowded settings

Los Angeles County residents who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus are now safe to walk around outside without a mask, health officials said Thursday. “Fully vaccinated people are safe to do outdoor activities like dining outdoors with friends from multiple households, attending small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and going out […]

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Limited COVID-19 vaccine walk-up slots available at L.A. County mass vaccination sites through Monday

A limited number of walk-up appointments for COVID-19 vaccines are available at mass vaccination sites in Los Angeles County through Monday, officials announced Thursday. Those 16 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated without booking an appointment, while supplies last. Teenagers, 16 and 17, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. County […]

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L.A. County sees lowest coronavirus daily test positivity rate since pandemic began

Los Angeles County public health officials on Saturday reported 527 new coronavirus cases and 29 related deaths, noting that the daily test positivity rate of 0.9% is the lowest since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The daily positivity rate is defined as the percentage of all coronavirus tests reported that are positive, […]

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Vaccine appointments can now be booked by all Californians 16 and older

All Californians 16 years and older became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot Thursday morning. Appointments can be made by going to the state’s My Turn website and booking online. Appointments can also be made by phone at 833-422-4255. Residents 16 years and older in Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, […]

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L.A. County reports 1st known cases of coronavirus variants detected in South Africa and Brazil

Two potentially more infectious variants of the coronavirus, one first identified in South Africa and the other in Brazil, have surfaced in Los Angeles County for the first time, public health officials announced Wednesday. The mutated version of the virus first identified in South Africa, known as the B.1.351 variant, was found in one case […]