Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, November 27, 2021

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The holiday season is here so please 
be mindful about how to keep your 
pets safe. Here are 5 holiday tips from 
Pasadena Humane on how to keep 
your pets safe during celebations. 

"As the winter holidays approach, your home may be filled with festive food, decor, and more. 
Keep these tips in mind to make sure your pets stay safe during your holiday celebrations: 

1. Avoid giving your pets “people food” 
Food is a huge part of the holidays, but so much of it isn’t good for our furry friends. Onions 
and garlic are toxic to pets, so make sure you keep ingredients out of reach when cooking 
Thanksgiv-ing dinner. Alcohol is also hazardous to cats and dogs, so don’t leave your glass 
or wine or egg-nog unattended. Cooked turkey bones can be a serious danger, as they can 
easily splinter in an animal’s digestive tract. If you want your pet to indulge with you for the 
holidays, only purchase treats and chews made specifically for them. 

2. Pet-proof your Christmas trees 
Pine needles are mildly toxic to pets and can potentially puncture the intestines, so if you 
catch your cat or dog trying to eat them, move the tree to a room you can close off or stick 
to an artifi-cial tree. If you have a live tree, the tree water can contain preservatives that can 
upset your pet’s stomach, so cover your tree stand to prevent pets from having access to the 
water. If your cat is climbing your tree, make sure it’s securely anchored so it won’t tip over. 

3. Be vigilant with decorations 
Keep breakable ornaments up high on the tree where curious pets can’t reach. The same 
is true for Christmas lights, which can pose an electrocution risk if bitten. Always unplug 
Christmas lights when you’re not actively supervising your pet. Tinsel can be tempting for 
cats to play with but can cause intestinal blockages if swallowed. Opt for artificial holly and 
mistletoe, since the real thing can cause vomiting. And if you have a menorah, don’t leave a 
lit flame unattended, or opt for flameless candles to be extra safe. 

4. Keep an eye on gift wrapping supplies 
Wrapping paper, string, and ribbon are tempting for pets to play with but can be dangerous 
if swallowed. Use caution when keeping wrapped presents under the tree, or better yet, keep 
them out of reach until it’s time to open them. 

5. Create a sanctuary space 
New Years’ Eve fireworks, Christmas poppers, and even holiday carolers can make noise 
that may frighten your pet. And if you’re entertaining guests, your pet may feel stressed by 
new peo-ple in the home. Always make sure they have a safe, soothing space to go to – like 
a closed-off room – if they need to get away from scary sounds or strangers. 

Have a fun and safe holiday season!" 


Public Health Encourages Everyone to Celebrate Safely

28 New Deaths and 1,081 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County 

With substantial community transmission of COVID-19 continuing in Los Angeles County,

the Los An-geles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) encourages everyone 
to enjoy Thanksgiving safely. Unvaccinated people are at higher risk of getting and 
spreading COVID-19 to others, creating additional risk for holiday gatherings where not all 
attendees are fully vaccinated. 

Public Health recommends if you’re gathering with anyone at higher risk of severe illness or 
who is not fully vaccinated, celebrate safely outdoors as much as possible, wear masks when 
indoors and keep your distance while eating/drinking, or even consider getting together 
virtually. In addition to gathering safely, avoid crowded places and wear your mask when in 
crowded outdoor settings. If you are traveling for Thanksgiving, follow all local and national 
public health vaccination, testing, and quarantine guidelines. 

If you are not fully vaccinated and planning to visit family or friends this Thanksgiving or 
during this winter season, here are ways to layer on protection for yourself and your family 
and friends: 

• Get vaccinated now or as soon as possible. (For all COVID-19 vaccines, you are onlyconsid-ered fully protected two weeks after all doses are complete.) 
• Avoid crowded or poorly ventilated areas. 
• Wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth when gathering with others,
especially if you or they are not fully vaccinated or are at increased risk of severe illness if they get infected (elderly or have underlying health conditions). 
• Keep distance while eating unless everyone is fully vaccinated. 
• Take a COVID-19 viral test before joining others if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or have beenin crowded indoor places in the past two weeks. 
• Stay home if you are sick, have symptoms, or test positive. 
Of the 28 new deaths reported today, 11 people who passed away were over the age of 80, 
six peo-ple who passed were between the ages of 65 and 79, eight people who passed were 
between the ag-es of 50 and 64, and two people who passed were between the ages of 30 and 

49. One death was reported by the City of Pasadena. To date, Public Health has identified1,522,240 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 27,074deaths. 
There are 551 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized, 29% of these people are in the 
ICU. Test-ing results are available for nearly 9,370,000 individuals, with 15% of people testing 
positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 1.4%. 

“Our hearts go out to everyone grieving the loss of a family member or friend to COVID-
19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As we all take 
some much-needed time to rest and gather with loved ones, please remember the risk of 
COVID-19 transmission continues to be substantial, and unvaccinated people continue to 
be at higher risk for severe health outcomes. Taking a common sense approach to the holiday 
can limit risks: Please remember to gather outdoors for as much of your Thanksgiving 
festivities as is feasible, get tested if you are unvaccinated or have high-risk guests, and mask 
up when indoors if anyone attending is unvaccinated and/or high risk. And when you’re out 
shopping or at community events, mask up and avoid large crowds. We wish you all a safe, 
healthy, and happy holiday.” 

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and are recommended for everyone 5 years old 
and older to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible 
residents and work-ers regardless of immigration status. Appointments are not needed 
at all Public Health vaccination sites and many community sites where first, second, and 
third doses are available. 

To find a vaccination site near you, or to make an appointment, please visit:

• (English) or 
If you need assistance you can also call 1-833-540-0473 for help: 

• Finding an appointment 
• Connect to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or 
• Schedule a home-visit if you are homebound. 
For more information regarding COVID-19 in LA County you can also visit the Public 
Health website at here you will find information on: 

• COVID-19 sector protocols & best practices, 
• COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboards, and 
• COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive and, Recovery Dashboards 


Cases/Deaths are still occuring especially among the unvaccinated. 

Location Cases 2021 (2020) Deaths % Vaccinations 
LA County 1,524,294 (N/A) 27,102 (N/A) 82.2% 
Seniors 95.7% 
Arcadia 3,508 (595) 148 ( 39) 85.3% 
Altadena 4,188 (796) 81 (18) 81.2% 
Bradbury 42 ( 19) 0 ( 0) 68.6% 
Duarte 2,841 (626) 102 (31) 82.5% 
Monrovia 4,163 (848) 85 (42) 80.4% 
Pasadena 13,833 (2,819) 364 (129) 84.8% 
Sierra Madre 680 ( 87) 13 ( 3) 85.5% 
So.Pasadena 1,778 (319) 49 ( 26) 89.1% 

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