Press Release: COVID-19 Cases Among Skilled Nursing Facilities Decline

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Courtesy of Los Angeles County Public Health

Media Contact: – (213) 240-8144

For Immediate Release:
September 22, 2021

COVID-19 Cases Among Skilled Nursing Facilities Decline  

41 New Deaths and 1,750 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

In parallel with the overall trend in Los Angeles County, COVID-19 case numbers among staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities increased in early-July through mid-August and have begun to decline in the past few weeks. 

During the week ending August 8, 123 cases were reported among residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities. For the week ending September 12, 55 people tested positive for COVID-19 at skilled nursing facilities: 20 new cases were among skilled nursing facility residents and 35 new cases among skilled nursing facility staff. Over the past three weeks, an average of 65 new cases were reported among staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities.

Currently, 88% of residents and 90% of staff at skilled nursing facilities are fully vaccinated. Skilled nursing facilities are subject to strict infection control precautions and are also required to verify the vaccine status of all workers and conduct routine testing of staff and residents. By September 30, healthcare workers, including staff at skilled nursing facilities, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Today, Public Health confirms 41 new deaths and 1,750 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 41 new deaths reported today, nine people who passed away were over the age of 80, 12 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, nine people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and six people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49. Five deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach. To date, Public Health identified 1,448,065 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 25,911 deaths. 

There are 1,018 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 31% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 8,510,000 individuals with 16% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 1.7%.

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 23, at 6:00 p.m., Public Health will host a Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19. Join the town hall to get the latest updates on COVID-19 and information about booster doses. The town hall will be streamed live on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube @lapublichealth. For more information and to submit a question, visit:

“We wish healing and peace to the families and friends grieving a loved one who passed away from COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “The decline in cases at skilled nursing facilities is welcomed news and reflects the high vaccination coverage at these facilities along with the stringent infection control measures. We continue to prioritize and support skilled nursing facilities with third doses for those residents who are immunocompromised and are prepared to ramp up these efforts once boosters are approved. The decline in cases and deaths at nursing homes is an important reminder of just how powerful the vaccines are in preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19.”

L.A. County continues to offer vaccines at many different sites across the county to make it as easy as possible for eligible L.A. County residents to get vaccinated. Many vaccination sites across the county, including all County-run sites, are also offering third doses of vaccine to eligible immunocompromised people. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated against COVID-19. To find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more, visit: (English) and (Spanish).  If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound. 

COVID-19 Sector Protocols, Best Practices, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website,

Please see additional information below:

Total Cases
Laboratory Confirmed Cases1448065
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)*1371598
— Long Beach63367
— Pasadena13100
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)24545
— Long Beach1007
— Pasadena359
Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
– 0 to 435748
– 5 to 1174708
– 12 to 1785948
– 18 to 29326848
– 30 to 49456062
– 50 to 64253928
– 65 to 79101213
–  over 8036330
–  Under Investigation813
Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  Female692034
–  Male648985
–  Other736
–  Under Investigation29843
Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  American Indian/Alaska Native2315
–  Asian65352
–  Black65063
–  Hispanic/Latino709916
–  Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander5029
–  White166281
–  Other116344
–  Under Investigation241298
Hospitalization (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  Hospitalized (Ever)101355
Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  American Indian/Alaska Native53
–  Asian3252
–  Black2123
–  Hispanic/Latino13055
–  Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander81
–  White5719
–  Other213
–  Under Investigation49
CITY / COMMUNITY**CasesCase Rate
City of Agoura Hills13826618
City of Alhambra80119237
City of Arcadia32855688
City of Artesia241114355
City of Avalon31801
City of Azusa724614480
City of Baldwin Park1443218799
City of Bell743920475
City of Bell Gardens898120852
City of Bellflower1272116365
City of Beverly Hills354110258
City of Bradbury423929
City of Burbank1089210162
City of Calabasas17197067
City of Carson1177812550
City of Cerritos36587306
City of Claremont27477529
City of Commerce*267420461
City of Compton1931619335
City of Covina749915294
City of Cudahy531721838
City of Culver City28387119
City of Diamond Bar39096796
City of Downey2006117557
City of Duarte270412282
City of El Monte1880416035
City of El Segundo10366172
City of Gardena762612438
City of Glendale2416711704
City of Glendora579710987
City of Hawaiian Gardens253517273
City of Hawthorne1242513994
City of Hermosa Beach14937590
City of Hidden Hills1306878
City of Huntington Park1220620520
City of Industry18943249
City of Inglewood1652514549
City of Irwindale29720356
City of La Canada Flintridge10234944
City of La Habra Heights1272328
City of La Mirada519510474
City of La Puente740918205
City of La Verne345510381
City of Lakewood911911347
City of Lancaster*2727116879
City of Lawndale419512480
City of Lomita18849089
City of Lynwood*1470920416
City of Malibu6404938
City of Manhattan Beach19835508
City of Maywood570020322
City of Monrovia388610015
City of Montebello1135717642
City of Monterey Park54788798
City of Norwalk1825116958
City of Palmdale2880918123
City of Palos Verdes Estates6504807
City of Paramount1119519983
City of Pico Rivera1237819255
City of Pomona2851018284
City of Rancho Palos Verdes20334756
City of Redondo Beach39725782
City of Rolling Hills794072
City of Rolling Hills Estates4225202
City of Rosemead54789897
City of San Dimas*388011241
City of San Fernando591924049
City of San Gabriel36058803
City of San Marino4603465
City of Santa Clarita2602111805
City of Santa Fe Springs330217981
City of Santa Monica64446971
City of Sierra Madre6005460
City of Signal Hill141411986
City of South El Monte376818042
City of South Gate2083821230
City of South Pasadena16596368
City of Temple City26957393
City of Torrance93916291
City of Vernon13564593
City of Walnut21006878
City of West Covina1487813746
City of West Hollywood35239534
City of Westlake Village1461746
City of Whittier1287214722
Los Angeles59102214613
Los Angeles – Adams-Normandie134416386
Los Angeles – Alsace181414576
Los Angeles – Angeles National Forest512500