L.A. County recorded a 1% COVID-19 positivity rate Friday— the lowest infection rate since the start of the pandemic.
The positivity rate divides the number of positive COVID-19 tests by the number of tests taken and then multiplies it by 100.
At its highest, L.A. County saw a positivity rate of 20% in December 2020.
Overall, since the beginning of the pandemic, L.A. County has recorded an 18% positivity rate out of 6,272,000 COVID-19 tests that have been administered.
While positive cases have decreased in the county, COVID-19 hospitalizations began to increase this week, moving back into the 500s. L.A. County saw a low of 470 hospitalizations on Monday, April 12, but has since seen a gradual increase with 512 people currently hospitalized with 24% being in intensive care.
The county administered 323,470 doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week, despite a nationwide pause on Johnson & Johnson’s doses. Next week L.A. will receive 362,000 doses, an increase of 39,000 from this week.
With California opening eligibility to all adults 16 and over, there will be a 68% vaccine allocation to those who need a first dose, with 32% going toward second doses.
As has been the case since the state teamed with the Biden administration, additional doses will be allocated toward the federal site in Cal State University, Los Angeles.