Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 14, 2022

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With continued high transmission of the more infectious COVID-19 subvariants, 
the number of students and staff testing positive at K-12 schools in LA County increased 
for the fifth consecutive week with 3,151 students and 737 staff testing positive 
for the week ending May 1; this is a 322% increase from just one month ago. Test 
positivity, at 0.5%, has also increased by 163% this past month. 

School-associated outbreaks remain elevated for the week ending May 7, with 16 
outbreaks (seven in elementary schools, two in middle schools, and seven in high 
schools). One month ago, for the week ending April 9, there were 11 outbreaks (seven 
in elementary schools, one in a middle school, and three in high schools).
And while most children infected with COVID-19 experience relatively mild illness, 
there continues to be dozens of children experiencing long COVID and dozens 
hospitalized with more severe illness. During the 90-day period ending April 
21, the youngest pediatric patients, ages 0-4-years-old, not yet eligible to receive the 
vaccines, had the highest hospitalization rate with 33 hospitalizations per 100,000 
children. Children ages 12 to 17 had the second highest hospitalization rate with 14 
hospitalizations per 100,000, and children ages 5 to 11 had the lowest hospitalization 
rate with 10 children hospitalized per 100,000. 

Unvaccinated children continue to be more at risk for severe illness and hospitalization. 
During the 90-day period ending April 30, the hospitalization rate among 
unvaccinated children ages 5-11 was three times higher than the hospitalization rate 
among fully vaccinated children in the same age group. For unvaccinated children 
ages 12-17, during this same time period, the hospitalization rate was two times 
higher than the hospitalization rate among fully vaccinated children in the same age 

Vaccines are approved for children ages five and older and are widely available. There 
are 218 school-based vaccine clinics this week. These school vaccine sites offer pediatric 
doses for ages 5-11, as well as vaccines and boosters for eligible individuals 12 
years of age and older. As a reminder, vaccines continue to prevent severe illness and 
hospitalizations, and are the safest way to keep children in school and participating 
in other activities. 

With high levels of community transmission, Public Health continues to strongly 
recommend that all students and staff wear well-fitting, high filtration masks, preferably 
respirators, when indoors. Masking is required indoors for asymptomatic staffand students who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 for 10 days from 
their last exposure. Wearing a well-fitting, high filtration mask or respirator provides 
a strong layer of protection that can lower the risk of spreading the virus at schools 
and school-related activities. 

“As always, we extend our deepest sympathies and prayers for healing to everyone 
mourning the loss of a loved one from COVID,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, 
MEd, Director of Public Health. “With the school year almost over, we all look forward 
to celebrating the accomplishments of students and staff. When gathering with 
others, staff, students, and their families should consider all sensible safety measures 
to layer in as many protections as feasible. Masking indoors at large events is particularly 
important to avoid the future disruptions that occur when the virus spreads 
to event attendees. Fortunately, with easy access to vaccines, boosters, testing, therapeutics, 
and high-quality masks, having a good time with others is easily possible to 
do without creating unnecessary risk for ourselves and those around us.” 

Public Health has reported a total of 2,900,449 positive cases of COVID-19 across all 
areas of L.A. County. Today’s positivity rate is 2.5%. 

A wide range of data and dashboards on COVID-19 from the Los Angeles County 
Department of Public Health are available on the Public Health website at http:// 

COVID 19 Cases 

WHERE WE ARE MAY 14, 2022 VERSUS APRIL 30, 2022 

Cases This Week ( 05/14/22) Deaths This Week (04/30/22) 
LA County 2,903,779 (2,872,203) 32,016 (31,959) 

Adults 12+ 88.1% Seniors 99.1% 
(Last Week) Cases Deaths Fully 
Arcadia 8,437 (8,256) 166 (166) 90.5% 
Altadena 8588 (8469) 99 (99) 82.7% 
Bradbury 67 ( 66) 0 ( 0) 71.6% 
Duarte 5,266 (5,211) 120 (120) 84.0% 
Monrovia 8,462 (8,349) 104 (104) 81.0% 
Pasadena 29,141 (28,723) 414 (414) 85.4% 
Sierra Madre 1,596 (1559) 22 ( 22) 89.2% 
So.Pasadena 4,279 (4132) 61 ( 61) 94.3% 

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