At our August 2, 2021 we had some stakeholder questions which have been answered below by Supervisor Kuehl’s Office:
Do we know the percentage of constituents who have been fully vaccinated and have tested positive for COVID-19 since we began to see a surge in COVID-19 cases because of the Delta Variant?
Post-vaccination infections are posted on our ReopeningLACounty Dashboard—click on “Post-Vaccination Infections Overall.”
As of July 27, 0.2159% of fully vaccinated people in LA County have tested positive for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Numbers are reported weekly on Tuesdays.
Do we expect LA County to enforce any lockdowns in the near future because of the surge?
We do not anticipate lockdowns; during the winter surge, most businesses remained open with restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Public Health will continue to monitor the situation and confer with the Board of Supervisors on appropriate measures.
Will schools be notifying parents what percentage of students and staff members have tested positive? So that they can decide whether to continue sending their children to school in person?
The requirements and recommendations for schools to report cases and exposures are outlined in the COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan Guidance in TK-12 Schools (see top of p.3). In summary, the School Compliance Officer must notify all persons who had an exposure to a COVID-19 positive case at school. The School Compliance Officer will determine whether additional notification is needed to inform the wider school community about the school exposure and precautions being taken to prevent spread of COVID-19:
“Required: All persons identified to have had an exposure to a COVID-19 positive case at school are notified by the School Compliance Officer of the exposure through a letter or other communication strategies. A School Exposure Notification letter template is available at: COVID-19 Template Notification Letters for Education Settings. The notification of exposure should include the following messages:
• Students and employees with an exposure to the case should test for COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms, and inform the school of test results. This will determine the extent of disease spread at the school and serve as a basis for further control measures. Testing resources include: Employee Health Services or Occupational Health Services, Student Health Center, Personal Healthcare Providers, Community Testing Sites: covid19.lacounty.gov/ testing. Individuals who need assistance finding a medical provider can call the LA County Information line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7.
• Exposed students and employees must self-quarantine (stay in their home or another residence, separate from others) and monitor for symptoms for 10 days from their last contact with the case while infectious (as defined above). If they remain asymptomatic, quarantine can end after Day 10 from the last date of exposure without testing but they must continue to monitor their health and adhere to COVID-19 prevention precautions through Day 14. Quarantine may end after Day 7 for contacts who remain asymptomatic, if a diagnostic specimen is collected after Day 5 from the date of last exposure and tests negative, but they must continue to monitor their health and adhere to COVID-19 prevention precautions through Day 14. Home Quarantine Guidance for COVID-19 is available at: ph.lacounty.gov/covid quarantine.
• NOTE: Asymptomatic persons who are fully vaccinated AND who are a close contact to a confirmed case are recommended to test for COVID-19 as a result of their exposure but are not required to quarantine. However, they should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. Persons who have recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID19 within the last 90 days AND who are a close contact to a confirmed case are not required to quarantine or test for COVID-19.
• DPH will contact exposed students and employees who meet the quarantine requirement through the DPH Case and Contact Investigation Program to collect additional information and issue the Health Officer Order for Quarantine.
Recommended: School Compliance Officer will determine whether additional notification is needed to inform the wider school community about the school exposure and precautions being taken to prevent spread of COVID-19. A general notification letter template is available at: COVID-19 Template Notification Letters for Education Settings.”