The region has reached a milestone in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus, as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health this week announced that more than 15 million vaccine doses have been administered. Still, an uptick in cases and worries about the Omicron variant have health and political leaders continuing to push vaccinations for all, and boosters for those who are eligible. On Thursday, the department announced 12 new cases of Omicron, bringing the countywide total to 30.
With the Vaccine Tracker, Crosstown is staying up to date on the latest and most important data on infections and inoculations.
Whether it is the persistent messaging or work-related mandates to get a jab or lose a job, vaccinations are increasing. In the most recent week, 399,538 doses—including 86,987 second shots—were administered, a 33.5% increase from the previous week.
As of Dec. 12 (the most recent day for which data is available), 167,327 doses had been given to children ages 5-11, representing 18.6% of county residents in the age range. According to the Public Health department, nearly 90,000 kids in this group have received two shots.
Rate of vaccination for Los Angeles County residents 5 and up, through Dec. 9
As of Dec. 12, a total 15,369,046 doses had been administered in the county, including 6,110,475 second doses. More than 7.4 million county residents have received at least one shot. An estimated 1.82 million booster doses have gone into arms. Yet despite all the progress, county health leaders said Monday that more than 2.2 million eligible area residents have not received even a single vaccination.
More women than men continue to take the jab. According to Department of Public Health data, 79.7% of the more than 4.9 million females ages 5 and up in the county have received at least one dose. This compares with 75.2% of the 4.8 million eligible males.
On Tuesday, the seven-day average of new cases was 1,567. This marks a 3.5% decrease from the previous week’s average. The seven-day average of deaths stood at 15 on Tuesday, similar to the 14 the previous week
Hospitalizations are beginning to rise. On Wednesday, 751 people with COVID-19 were being treated in area medical institutions. That represents a 25.2% increase from the 600 hospital patients a month ago.
The daily test positivity rate stood at 1.7% Wednesday. Although that is the highest figure since Dec. 1, the positivity rate one year ago around this time was approximately 14%.
The test positivity in public schools continues to be a negligible 0.17%. During the week of Dec. 9-15, the Los Angeles Unified School District conducted 431,079 coronavirus tests among staff and students, generating 739 positive results.
How we did it: We analyzed coronavirus data related to new cases, deaths, hospitalization, and vaccinations data provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, as well as data from the Los Angeles Unified School District.