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County of Los Angeles Home Test Collection Program Flyer

Updated: January 06, 2022

The County of Los Angeles Home Test Collection program is offering a free, at-home COVID nasal swab test kit via mail to all LA County residents who have COVID-19 symptoms or think they were exposed. Sign up to have a test kit delivered to your home address at http://covid19.lacounty.gov/hometest

As cases continue to surge as a result of the increased circulation of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Public Health has modified its Health Officer Order to include additional safety measures to reduce transmission risks knowing that vaccinations alone are not sufficient to prevent the spread of Omicron.  As soon as possible, but no later than January 17th, employers are required to provide their employees who work indoors in close contact with others with well-fitting medical-grade masks, surgical masks, or higher-level respirators, such as N95 or KN95 masks

With COVID-19, the Delta variant and Omicron, what will keep you safe? Vaccinate! Please take care of yourself and stay healthy. 


Omicron Variant

What do we know about the Omicron variant?

We are still learning about the new variant, including how it spreads and infects individuals as well as how it responds to vaccines. Here is what we know:

  • New variants will continue to evolve as long as there are large proportions of unvaccinated people.

  • This new variant has many mutations in important areas of the virus that impact infectiousness and the ability for immune systems to protect from infection. Some of the mutations are concerning to scientists because they are very different from other variants previously detected, and some are similar.

  • We do not know at this time if this new variant causes more severe COVID-19 illness than other variants or how it might impact response to treatment.

What is California doing in response to the new Omicron variant?

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is taking the following steps to protect Californians against COVID-19 and the Omicron variant:

  • Monitoring for the presence of the variant in California through the California SARS-CoV-2 Whole Genome Sequencing Initiative, known as COVIDNet. This is a public-private partnership that provides California with genomic sequencing to help understand and control the spread of COVID-19. COVIDNet gives us the ability to detect variants early.

  • Partnering with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to gather information and expertise to help the public, local public health departments and health care providers.

  • Preparing to increase COVID-19 testing at airports across California for U.S. citizens and legal residents returning from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

  • Focusing on COVID-19 vaccination and booster efforts to ensure that all Californians have access to safe, effective, and free vaccines that can prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19. It's not too late for anyone eligible to get vaccinated or boosted to protect themselves and others against COVID-19.

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COVID-19 VACCINES - Booster Doses

Primary Series: Johnson & Johnson (J&J)

Everyone who received a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine as their primary series is strongly recommended to get a booster dose. This includes people with moderately or severely weakened immune systems. The booster dose may be any COVID-19 vaccine (J&J, Pfizer, or Moderna). Talk to your doctor if you have questions about the risks and benefits of a booster or about what vaccine to get as a booster.

Primary Series: Pfizer or Moderna

A booster dose is strongly recommended for everyone age 18 and older who received Pfizer or Moderna as their primary 2-dose series. This is very important if you are aged 65 years and older or, you are 18 years and older and have underlying medical conditions or are at risk of exposure at work or in the community. The booster dose may be any COVID-19 vaccine (J&J, Pfizer, or Moderna). Talk to your doctor if you have questions about the risks and benefits of a booster or about what vaccine to get as a booster. People with moderately or severely weakened immune systems should receive a booster dose 6 months after their additional (3 rd) dose. See Doses for People Who are Immunocompromised.

If your primary series was a WHO-listed vaccine or a vaccine from a clinical trial If you are age 18 and older and considered fully vaccinated in the U.S., it is strongly recommended that you get a booster dose if it has been at least 6 months since your second dose. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorized as a booster for people who did not receive an FDA authorized/approved COVID-19 vaccine series.

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Vaccine Verification

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Beginning September 20, 2021, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified to require vaccination verification or a negative test prior to entry to all mega-events and event venues by October 7; children under 12 years of age are exempt.

The Health Officer Order will also require vaccination verification for customers and employees at indoor portions of bars, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

The requirement for vaccine verification for customers in the indoor portions of bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, nightclubs, and lounges and their employees applies to drinking establishments with either no restaurant permit or a low-risk restaurant permit and requires that all customers and employees have at least one dose of the vaccine by October 7 and full vaccination by November 4.

Report Fake Vaccination Cards

Forging or possessing forged documents, like a fake COVID-19 vaccination record card, is a federal crime and puts community health at risk. To report suspicious activity involving fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards please visit http://oag.ca.gov/report. 


COMBAT COVID 

Patient and Medical Provider

WHAT IS COMBAT COVID?

Combat COVID is a one-stop resource created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help us all win the fight against COVID-19. Combat COVID has the latest on COVID-19 news, vaccines, treatments, and research.

Combat COVID empowers all people to take action against COVID-19—right now. The website offers science-based facts and practical tips about vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and how to take part in research studies (known as clinical trials) for COVID-19 treatments.

The clinical trials described on Combat COVID are supported through a public/private partnership— coordinated by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health—called Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV). ACTIV’s goal is to discover safe and effective treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. 

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COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing:

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that typically causes mild to moderate illness, like the common cold, but can lead to dangerous complications. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China and is now infecting people around the world.

COVID-19 Symptoms

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Symptoms may also include: chills, muscle or body pain, fatigue, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, or new loss of taste or smell. This list of symptoms is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

When To Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
● Trouble breathing
● Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
● New confusion
● Inability to wake or stay awake
● Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking
care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

 

How to Get Tested for COVID-19

Testing still plays an important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Free COVID-19 testing is available to all Los Angeles County residents at drive-up and walk-up testing sites. Appointments are currently not needed and you are able to register on-site at LA County and City of LA testing sites. Appointments can still be made and can help reduce wait times.

Testing is currently recommended if you:
● Have symptoms of COVID-19.
● Were asked by LA County Department of Public Health to get a test because of a contact tracing or outbreak investigation.
● Were in “close contact” with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks.
● Work or live in places such as skilled nursing facilities, group homes, residential care facilities, correctional facilities or homeless shelters.
● Are a person experiencing homelessness.
● Are an essential worker with frequent contacts with the public in the following areas: health care, emergency, food and grocery services, factory workers in food and retail, public transportation, and education.
● Don't have symptoms but believe you may be infected now because you were exposed to people who were sick, were around many people who were not wearing face coverings, and/or were not keeping safe distance in the past 2 weeks.

Book your COVID-19 Test       LA County Home Test Collection Program

 

For more information about getting tested, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s testing information page:

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COVID-19 Data:

LA County Data

LA County Daily COVID-19 Data
As of 01/05/2022

 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) today released the latest data on COVID-19.

  • 26,754 New Positive Cases and 27 New Deaths Due to COVID-19 in Los Angeles County 

 

LA County Reopening Information:

L.A. County Qualifies for Yellow Tier Threshold

Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the less restrictive yellow tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its positivity rate, adjusted case rate, and health equity metric.

A revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was issued on Friday May 14 at 12:01 a.m. to reflect newly permitted activities. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of what LA County’s new tier status means for businesses and their customers:


For more information on LA County’s Reopening Process, visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Website.

 

 

Things You Can Do

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Safer at Home Order

Know how to keep yourself and others safe as LA County begins to reopen - lives depend on our choices and actions to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Go HERE for information regarding the phased approach to reopening LA County Safely.

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Request a COVID-19 Test

If you are seeking to be tested for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) complete this online form to see if you are eligible.

You can also connect with COVID-19 related resources and information by dialing 2-1-1 or searching our online database.

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Report Hate Incident

If you have been the victim of or witness to an act of violence, bullying, harassment, threat, or other act motivated by hate, please fill out the Hate Incident Report Form or dial 2-1-1 to file a report and be connected to support services. 

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