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The City of West Hollywood advises that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a COVID-19 update urging residents to get vaccinated and fortified to provide protection against sub-variants and sub- more infectious lineages of COVID-19. Keeping up to date with vaccinations continues to provide protection against more infectious subvariants and sublines.

According to LA County Public Health: For the week ending April 16, Omicron accounted for 100% of genetically sequenced cases, with the BA.2 lineage and sublineages accounting for 96% of that total. While BA.2 is among the most infectious mutations in COVID-19 to date, the CDC estimates that the new BA.2.12.1 sublineage may be 25% more transmissible than BA.2. In Los Angeles County, for the week ending April 16, 8% of the sequenced positive samples were identified as BA.2.12.1.

With these highly infectious subvariants and sublines circulating, cases are increasing in LA County. The average number of new daily cases reported over the past seven days has risen to 2,532 from the 905 reported a month ago, an increase of 180%.

To date, the increase in the number of cases has not translated into an increase in serious illnesses, with hospitalizations and deaths remaining low and falling. Over the past seven days, the average number of hospitalized cases per day was 245, similar to the number of hospitalizations a month ago. Deaths fell to an average of four daily deaths per day last week, a 72% decrease from a month ago, when the average number of daily deaths reported over the previous seven days was 14.

Vaccines remain very effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Staying up to date with vaccines increases levels of protection and reduces the risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. Public health officials continue to remind the public that getting vaccinated, boosted, tested and masked as preventative steps remain essential in the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To find a vaccination site or to make an appointment, please visit www.VaccinateLACounty.com.

COVID-19 testing remains widely available in LA County. Residents should first call their healthcare provider for a COVID-19 test. For people who cannot get tested through a health care provider, free testing is available. For more information, please visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.

Los Angeles County is coordinating a West Hollywood COVID-19 testing site in Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The testing site is open weekly Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is adjacent to the Community Center in the south parking lot. Testing is administered by Fulgent Genetics and prior appointments must be made at la.fulgentgenetics.com. Individuals undergoing testing should bring identification and a confirmation number to the appointment.

Los Angeles County Health Services has launched a Pickup COVID-19 Test Kit program that allows residents to pick up a PCR test kit and return it to designated locations, including the West Hollywood COVID-19 testing site in Plummer Park. There is also a Pick-Up Test Kit program at 14 LA County library sites, including the West Hollywood Library.

Additional information, such as links to drugstore chains in the West Hollywood area that offer vaccines, can be found on the City of West Hollywood website at www.weho.org/coronavirus in the Information section. on vaccines and testing.

The city of West Hollywood remains in a local emergency declared in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. West Hollywood City Hall is open for transactions in person at public counters or by appointment; to make an appointment, go to www.weho.org/appointments. City Hall services remain accessible by phone at (323) 848-6400 and through the City’s website at www.weho.org.

City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood @wehocity on social media, sign up for updates at www.weho.org/email, and view the City’s meetings and events calendar. city ​​on www.weho. org/calendar.

For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information on COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please contact LA County Public Health Department Communications Director Carl A. Kemp at (213) 240-8144 or [email protected]

For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about the City of West Hollywood, please contact City of West Hollywood Public Information Officer Sheri A. Lunn at (323) 848-6391 or [email protected]weho.org.

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