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94.4% of Pasadenans Have Received at Least 1 COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

Published on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 | 5:49 am

Public health officials reported Tuesday that 94.4% of Pasadenans over the minimum eligible age of 12 had received at least one COVID-19 vaccination, while the rate of those fully vaccinated against the virus grew to 86.7%.

Meanwhile, 12 new infections were detected, and no new deaths were reported, according to Pasadena Public Health Department data.

The average number of daily infections over the prior week decreased to 16.

Since the onset of the pandemic, 12,985 cases of COVID-19 and 358 deaths have been documented, records show.

The Pasadena Unified School District reported two infections among students and one among staff during the period of Sept. 10 through Sept. 14.

Since Aug. 1, a total of 104 cases have been detected among students and 32 among staff since Aug. 1, according to PUSD records.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 1,725 infections and 27 fatalities on Tuesday, raising the county-wide totals to 1,435,163 COVID-19 cases and 25,713 fatalities.

County officials also reported 1,224 patients being treated for the virus at hospitals throughout L.A. County, with 30% of them being housed in intensive care units.

The county-wide daily positivity rate was measured at 1.4%.

With the extra-infectious Delta variant continuing to spread, L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer once again urged precautions such as vaccination and masking.

“With the highly transmissible Delta variant accounting for all COVID-19 strains recently sequenced in L.A. County and with a continued high level of spread over months now, it remains essential to mask up and get vaccinated if you are eligible,” she said.

“While both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can get infected, being unvaccinated increases your chances four fold of becoming infected, 10-fold of being hospitalized and more than 10-fold for dying,” Ferrer said. “The vaccine continues doing its very important work of dramatically reducing illness and suffering from COVID among the people who are vaccinated. The struggle now is to get enough people vaccinated to break the cycle of high rates of transmission.”

Public health officials at the state level announced 11,851 new infections and 97 deaths on Tuesday, which brought the state’s pandemic totals to 4,372,806 cases of COVID-19 and 66,813 fatalities.

The statewide weekly positivity rate remained at 4.4%, as was reported Monday, according to the California Department of Public Health.

As of Tuesday, L.A. County accounted for 33% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 38% of the state’s deaths.

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