Just under 80% of Pasadenans over 16 have been inoculated with at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose as of Tuesday, according to public health officials.
In addition to the 79.9% of city residents meeting the current minimum age requirement who have received single doses of two-dose vaccine regimens, city officials reported that 62% of the local population was fully vaccinated against the virus.
While federal regulators approved the Pfizer vaccine formulation for those as young as 12 on Monday, the Pasadena Public Health Department was awaiting word from state and regional officials before taking action, city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. Authorities were set to discuss the issue on Wednesday.
Health officials detected three new COVID-19 infections in Pasadena on Tuesday, but reported no additional fatalities.
Over the prior week, an average of 2.9 Pasadenans became infected each day, records show.
Pasadena’s pandemic totals stood at 11,261 documented cases of the virus and 346 deaths.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 224 new infections and 18 additional deaths on Tuesday, raising the county’s pandemic totals to 1,235,970 known COVID-19 infections and 24,020 fatalities.
Just under 375 patients were being treated for the virus at county hospitals, with 21% of them being treated in intensive care units, officials said.
In another positive development, no healthcare workers have died from the virus in three weeks, county officials said.
“During the last week of December, there were nearly 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 among healthcare workers,” the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a written statement. “Last week, there were only 43 new cases among healthcare workers reported across the entire county. This is the eighth week in a row that the number of new cases among healthcare workers is 50 or fewer a week.”
L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said the recent numbers are encouraging, but people continue to die from COVID-19 every day.
“While we are relieved that our metrics remain stable, we continue to mourn the loss of life and send our deepest sympathies to everyone who is missing a loved one who passed away from COVID-19,” she said.
“The most powerful tool to maintain our recovery progress is the vaccine and the most important work in front of us is to make it easier for residents to get vaccinated,” Ferrer added. “With vaccination eligibility set to expand later this week to include adolescents between 12-15 years of age, there will be more opportunities to get vaccine into more arms to save lives and to build the County’s protection against COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is the way we end this pandemic.”
State health officials reported 1,045 new infections on Tuesday. The state also reported five deaths, which was significantly lower than the 18 reported in L.A. County alone. A reason for the discrepancy was not clear.
In total, California has seen 3,656,967 cases of COVID-19 and 61,246 deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health data.
The statewide average positivity rate over the prior week held steady at 1%, officials said.
As of Tuesday, L.A. County accounted for 34% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 39% of the state’s deaths.