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LA county reports limited supply of COVID vaccine doses COURTESY 0F LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health con- firmed 262 new deaths and 6,492 new cases of confirmed COVID-19 as of Wednesday, Jan. 20. The number of new cases and deaths reported Jan. 20 reflected the fact that testing sites were closed for the holiday weekend, according to the county health agency. The Public Health Department said there is slightly less testing capacity with the conversion of Dodger Stadium to a vaccination location. To date, Public Health has identified 1,038,092 positive cases of COVID-l9 across all areas of LA. County and a total of 14,384 deaths. Wednesday was the first day that Public Health began expanding vac- cinations to Los Angeles County residents 65 years and older. With almost 1.4 million residents aged 65 and older, and between 700,000- 800,000 eligible healthcare workers, the number of vaccines required to complete two doses is over 4 million. Since doses first arrived five weeks ago, the county has received only 853,650 doses, including doses that arrived today. Only a very limited number of vaccination appointments are cur- rently available for frontline health care workers and county residents aged 65 years and older. Residents in this high-priority age group may receive communication from their health care provider with informa- tion about COVID-19 vaccinations and how to receive one through their provider. They can also visit VaccinateLACounty.com to sched- ule an appointment for vaccination once more appointments become available. For those without access to a computer or the internet, a call cen- ter is open daily from 8:00 am. to 8:30 pm. to help schedule appoint- ments at 833-540-0473. Individuals are encouraged to use the website whenever possible to sign up for an appointment to avoid long wait times Avalon Veteran‘s Memorial l’urk Pu rchase a B rick for th e Memorial We (2.1ll (film 131) VVJm-urilt»: .\\;1lnn \t'lt'mns ml litl'l.‘l:_{!l \\.ii‘\ l’.( i. lim 173:, \\.1lt>ll.l .\ ‘lllTlll 'I'IIE CATALINA ISLANDEII on the phone. Public Health has built, through a very successful public-private part- nership, a robust system that is capa- ble of vaccinating a large number of Los Angeles County residents in a safe, fair and equitable manner. This includes the five large-scale vaccina- tion sites that opened yesterday, the city’s large-capacity site at Dodger Stadium, as well as community vac- cination sites, pharmacies, federally qualified health clinics, medical pro- viders and hospitals. However, given the very limited supply of doses coming into our county, the biggest challenge the county faces is not one of process or capacity, but of supply. As of last week, from the total of 685,000 received doses, more than 384,000 total doses have been administered to those in Phase 1A. This includes more than 307,000 first doses and more than 87,000 second doses that have been admin- istered. Additionally, vaccines have been delivered to all 340 skilled nursing facilities in Los Angeles County, and to date, more than 68 percent of all eligible residents received their first dose and 65 per- cent of staff. We have begun this week to administer second doses to those who received their first dose at the end of December. “Many county residents have lost a loved one due to COVID-l9. We sincerely express our condolenc- es and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you,” said Barbara Ferret, PhD, MPH, MEd, director of Public Health. “ While there is great interest in the COVID-l9 vaccine, and for good reason, the vaccine supply is still extremely limited, and we want to urge everyone to have patience as we work urgently with our federal and state partners to expand capac— ity and supply in the weeks ahead,” said Ferrer. “Of the vaccination doses that we received for this upcoming week, 73 percent of our allocation will need to be used for second doses,” said Local COVID test data As of Jan. 20 tum-imam» These were the COVID~10 testing and case numbers as of 4:59 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Table of local COVlD-19 testing data courtesy of Catalina Island Medical Center As of Jan. 13 These were the COVID-10 testing and case numbers as of 8:33 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13. Table of local COVID—19 testing data courtesy of Catalina Island Medical Center. Medical Center continues COVID vaccinations The Catalina Island Medical Center is providing COVID-19 vaccinations to residents who are 65 years old or older. The Medical Center requires online registration for people seeking their COVID shots. You’ll need to provide your name, county Supply, page cell phone number, date of birth, OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT ONLY Mon-Sun 11 am to 7 pm in All ll UNll...‘ CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE GRILLED CHEESEBURGER WITH FRlES AND SOFT DRINK" $10.00 (‘ Substitute a chicken breast for the burger patty at no charge.) *Choose from Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Lemonade, lced Tea sooi'cnescmr STREET . AVALON ‘ 310.510.1919 r www. LuauLarrys.com identify your employer (or tell the hospital you are unemployed) and have at least two chronic medical conditions. “CIMC is aware that LA County public health has paused a specif- ic lot of Moderna vaccines. CIMC has administered Modema vaccines 949 $23”; from a different lot than what has been identified. As withrall vac- cines, CIMC advised, and continues to advise, patients who have unusual side effects to contact their health- care provider immediately,” accord- ing to the Medical Center website. ‘a e flv A mmnumm Daily Dlscounts On Our Website, Catalinalnfo.com .r ‘r~ 'Js‘