Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated: April 15, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Information
Vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna are now available in Los Angeles County. Key facts about the COVID-19 vaccines:
- The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone, regardless of their immigration status. It is being offered to different groups in phases.
- If you are age 16 or 17 and are eligible to be vaccinated, look for a vaccination site that offers the Pfizer vaccine. (The Moderna vaccine can only be given to people age 18 years and older). Currently, people under age 16 cannot be vaccinated.
- If you need an appointment for a second dose, only make an appointment at a location that is offering the same vaccine as your 1st dose.
- For information on what to expect after you get a vaccine, CLICK HERE
Residents who do not have access to a computer with internet or residents with disabilities may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. for assistance scheduling appointments. Please do not call the LA County COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline or 2-1-1 for appointment scheduling if you are able to access and use the appointment website.
Los Angeles County has paused the distribution of the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine.
Why is the Johnson and Johnson vaccine being paused? On 4/13/21, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a temporary pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine because 6 cases of a severe type of blood clot have been reported in people who received the vaccine in the US. The blood clot is called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST). The 6 cases were in women ages 18 to 48 and their symptoms started 6 to 13 days after they received the vaccine. These side effects are very rare. There have been almost 7 million doses nationally of the J&J vaccine administered in the U.S. and only 6 reported cases. The pause is being recommended out of an abundance of caution while the FDA and CDC complete their review of the cases. This is expected to take several days.
April 15th, 2021, All Los Angeles County residents ages 16+ will be eligible for the vaccine.
COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing:
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.
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.
For more information about getting tested, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s testing information page:
LA County Daily COVID-19 Data
through 6:00pm 04/05/2021
- New Cases Reported (04/06)* = 406
- Total Cases Reported* = 1,222,778
*including cases reported by Long Beach and Pasadena Health Departments
- New Deaths Reported (04/06) = 23
- Total Deaths Reported = 23,292
- Total Doses Administered = 4,013,521 (AS OF 3/27/2021) | Second Doses: 1,323,686
LA County Reopening Information:
Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the less restrictive orange 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 will go into effect on Monday, April 5 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
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.
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.
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.
Keep up to date with current best practices in safety and health by following trusted sources of information such as 211 LA, LA County's Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control's websites and social media accounts which can be found linked below.
Small Business Resources
Mental Health Services
211 LA has developed a Category Search specifically for COVID-19 related information and services. This search will include resources for a wide range of topics, all of which can support those impacted by the novel coronavirus.
Access this search tool HERE.
You may also search for COVID-19 specific information and services by selecting the "Coronavirus" checkbox in the search filter tool.
211 LA is the entry point for a variety of food programs for Seniors & Persons with disabilities, including the Great Plates Delivered program, WIC, and Critical Delivery Service, and can provide referrals to a wide variety of other food-related programs.
Search 211 LA's Food resources HERE.
CalFresh is California's food stamps (SNAP) program, which supports low-income households by providing monthly funds to buy food. During COVID-19 CalFresh has special additional services to support families, including buying groceries online at Walmart and Amazon for home delivery.
Small Business Resources
U.S Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Apply for a Loan by Dec.16, 2020 HERE.
For resources related to Income & Employment go HERE.
View FAQs about the LA Regional COVID Fund HERE.
211 LA is an entry point to the Coordinated Entry System (CES) for Los Angeles families seeking housing assistance. 211 LA screens homeless families for eligibility and links them to the appropriate housing support service provider. Dial 2-1-1 to connect with this program.
For other Housing related services, use 211 LA's Housing Services search HERE.
For resources on everything else:
Healthcare, Education, Legal Services, Re-Entry Services, Transportation, Utilities & Community Services, Immigration, LGBTQ, Seniors & Older Adults, Disability Services, Veteran Services, Youth Services and MORE
Use our Online Search or Dial 2-1-1.
Mental Health Services
During the COVID-19 crisis, Headspace and the LA County Department of Mental Health (DMH) have partnered to provide FREE support and resources for LA County residents. These services include meditations, sleep, and movement exercises designed to help you care for your mind.
Sign up for Headspace's services HERE.
For other mental health services go HERE.