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Last update 6/10/21

How many cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are in the United States and locally?

United States

The total population of the U.S. is 328,200,000 people. Since January 25, 2020, the total number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is 33,224,075 with 595,625 deaths that are confirmed or probable due to COVID-19. That means that about 10% of the population have or had confirmed or probable COVID-19. See below for CDC's definition for probable. There have been 449,236,831 COVID-19 tests conducted in the U.S. The CDC reports that through May 27, cases have declined by over 90% since the highest peak on January 8, 2021 and are at levels seen in early April of last year. The percentage of hospitalizations have continued to decrease and are at the lowest 7-day average since August 1 of last year. The rate of hospitalization continues to be highest for people 65 years of age and older. Deaths have continued to decrease and are at levels seen in early April of last year. For those with COVID-19 nationally, the cumulative death rate (# of deaths in relation to # of cases) continues to be steady at about 1.7%. The CDC also reports that among adults, 8 out of 10 deaths have been 65 years of age and older.

People at any age may be at greater risk if they have certain underlying medical conditions. These include:

  • cancer
  • chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • obesity (body mass index [BMI] - of 30 or higher)
  • serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • sickle cell disease
  • type 2 diabetes mellitus

Other conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Click here for more information about underlying medical conditions.

All CDC statistics attributable to COVID-19 are either confirmed or probable. "Probable" case or deaths are defined as any ONE of the following:

  • meets clinical criteria AND epidemiologic linkage without confirmed laboratory testing performed for SARS-CoV-2
  • meets presumptive laboratory evidence
  • meets vital records criteria with no confirmatory laboratory evidence for SARS-CoV-2

More specifics about critieria, epidemiologic linkage and laboratory evidence noted above is in the CDC's August 5, 2020 position statement here.

See the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) chart below for national case statistics from March 1, 2020 through June 4, 2021. Note: This chart includes confirmed and probable cases.

Los Angeles County

The total population in Los Angeles County is 10,040,000 people. As of June 9, 2021 in Los Angeles County, the total number of confirmed cases is 1,245,588 (with 24,408 deaths.) That means that about 12.3% of the local population cummulatively has had confirmed cases of COVID-19. The number of cases testing positive has declined since January 4 and the average positivity rate has dropped to below 1%, now at 0.4%. The number of hospitalizations and deaths have continued to decline since mid-January. Hospitalizations are down more than 75%. The cumulative death rate (# of deaths in relation to # of cases since the beginning of the pandemic) remains steady at about 1.9% as of June 9, slightly higher than the national rate.

To date, about 6,855,198, individuals have been tested for the virus across Los Angeles County. Based on last data provided by LA County, about 91% of all patients who have died had underlying medical conditions. Death by ethnicity is: 52% Latinx, 24% White/Caucasian, 14% Asian, 9% African American/Black, less than 1% Native American/Pacific Islander, and 1% Other Races.

See updated chart below for cases by age group in Los Angeles County.

*An interactive map on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the United States is updated Monday through Friday.

**Information about our area is updated daily on the Los Angeles County Deparment of Public Health (LACDPH) website.


Is the Covid-19 vaccine currently available?

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, since January 5, 2021 vaccinations have proceeded throughout Los Angeles County. The vaccination is available to any resident aged 12 and older. Residents may receive communication from their health care provider with information on how to receive the vaccine. To find additional County information, sign up for email notifications, or sign up for a vaccine appointment, visit the Los Angeles County Covid-19 Vaccine page.

As of June 4, 2021 over 4.5 million Los Angeles County residents have been fully vaccinated, which is about 54% of the local population, 12% higher than nationally.

According to the CDC nationally, there have been nearly 305 million vaccines administered through June 9, 2021 in the United States. Over 172 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, which is about 52% of the U.S. population. Nearly 141 million people have received two doses, or about 42% of the population.


What is community spread? Is the virus still spreading in the U.S.?

It has flattened in the United States. The percentage of cases testing positive, hospitalizations, and deaths have continued to decrease since early-to-mid January, 2021.

Community spread happens when people have been infected with the virus in a community, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected, and have not traveled to countries where the virus has been circulating. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response. All 50 states reported COVID-19 cases, with widespread community spread since the pandemic began.


Has the curve flattened in LA County?

The number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have continued to decline through June 9, 2021. The cumulative death rate (# of deaths in relation to # of cases) since the pandemic started is 1.9%, slightly higher than the national average. As of June 2, 2021 Los Angeles County again revised its health order and has been allowing additional businesses to reopen, however, according to County guidance, all residents, business owners and employees must continue to observe and practice COVID-19 physical distancing, mask requirements (revised, effective June 15, 2021), and avoid crowds. The County Health Officer is also asking residents to get vaccinated.


Is social distancing still needed? Has the Stay at Home Order been lifted?

Social distancing and certain mask requirements are in place for unvaccinated and vaccinated residents. The County issued revised reopening guidance again on June 2, 2021, based on the Yellow (Minimal) Tier, the least restrictive tier. This is due to the decline in cases, hospitalizations and positive tests in the County, however, there are still COVID-19 cases. Residents must continue exercising caution. Outdoor activities are considered safer than indoor ones. When leaving your home, residents should continue to practice social distancing (staying 6 feet away from people who don't live with you), wash hands frequently, avoid crowds, and wear a mask (based on mask guidelines, effective June 15, 2021.)

As of June 2 the following businesses may reopen with social distancing and specific infection control protocols:

These include: Indoor malls and shopping centers, with capacity at 75%; food courts are limited to 50%; restaurants for delivery, drive-thru, carry out, outdoor dining, and 50% capacity for indoor dining; restaurants with family entertainment are limited to 25% indoor capacity; grocery stores at 50% capacity; indoor personal care establishments (hair salons, nail salons, skin care, tattoo parlors, massage therapy) by appointment only at 75% capacity; outdoor gyms at full capacity; indoor gyms and dance studios at 50% capacity; outside portions of museums, galleries, botanical gardens, zoos, and aquariums at full capacity; indoor portions of museums, galleries, botanical gardens, zoos, and aquariums at 75% capacity; indoor batting cages and miniature golf venues at 50% capacity; outdoor playgrounds and recreational parks including beaches, golf courses, swimming pools, trails, parks, day camps, and camping parks; movie theaters at 50% capacity; and libraries with curbside pick up. Other low risk retailers such as bookstores, pet food stores, and hardware stores are open, as well as hotels and short term rentals with safeguards. Also open are indoor faith-based services at 50% capacity; and office-based businesses when teleworking is not possible, such as film and television production.

Professional services, such as legal, payroll, accounting, and real estate that require appointments should continue conducting them virtually but if virtual is not feasible, may be done in-person following County protocols.

In addition, the following businesses are also open: professional sports that have live audiences during a game or event with implementation of LA County protocols; family entertainment centers with indoor operations (such as indoor bowling alleys, arcades) with 50% capacity; public entertainment venues (live performance, concerts, and festivals) with indoor seating following LA County protocols and outdoor operations at 67% capacity; amusement and theme parks at 35% capacity; wineries and craft distilleries at 50% of indoor capacity or 200 people whichever is fewer; bars and clubs that pose a low risk with outdoor and indoor operations, at a maximum indoor capacity of 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

Additional information is in the latest City of Los Angeles Public Order update (updated May 21, 2021), LA County Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community Revised Order (updated June 2, 2021), and on the LA County Reopening page (updated June 2, 2021).

Effective June 15, 2021, revised LA County mask guidelines are in the California Dept. of Public Health update (updated June 9, 2021).

Recommendations to help protect yourself and prevent the spread are on our COVID-19 FAQs page.


What is the status of the reopening of schools and colleges?

As of March 15, 2021 the state is permitting all public and private schools (grades K - 12) in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to reopen for in-class instruction after meeting safety measures. Additional information is in the latest LA County Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community Revised Order (updated June 2, 2021).

Until all schools are reopened, the remainder of LAUSD students will continue with online instruction. For more information and resources, visit the LAUSD website or call their hotline at 213.443.1300.

As of March 15, 2021 colleges and universities may continue in-person essential operations and indoor academic instruction at 50% occupancy or 200 people, whichever is less, with distance learning continuing to be offered to the extent practicable. Additional information is in the latest LA County Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community Revised Order (updated June 2, 2021).


What are the symptoms, testing, and treatment options for someone who has COVID-19?

Symptoms usually appear gradually 2 to 14 days after exposure. Some people have had only mild symptoms while others have become severely ill. The CDC's list of symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of smell and taste, and congestion or runny nose. Some patients may have digestive issues such as loss of appetite or diarrhea. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion; inability to wake or stay awake; and pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone. This list is not all possible symptoms. If you have these or other symptoms that are severe or concern you, you should get medical attention immediately.

The City of Los Angeles is providing free COVID-19 testing to all Los Angeles County residents, whether or not you are experiencing symptoms. Priority is given to people with symptoms. For more information visit the City of Los Angeles COVID-19 Testing page.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. There is no specific treatment for illnesses caused by COVID-19 however many of the symptoms can be treated. Generally, it depends on the severity of the case and the patient's medical condition and history.

More information about what you should do if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms is on our COVID-19 FAQs page.


When will a COVID-19 patient be isolated or quarantined?

Public health actions that are used to limit the spread of the virus include isolation and quarantine. Isolation is used when a person is sick with COVID-19 and is isolated from other people in their own homes. In more severe cases a sick patient will be isolated in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, away from other patients. In most cases isolation is voluntary, but health officials have the power to require isolation of sick people to protect the public's health.

When a person is quarantined they are separated from others because they have tested positive for the virus but are not sick. Even though they are not sick at the moment, if they were exposed to the disease, they may still become infectious and spread the disease to others.

Evidence suggests that it may take longer for the virus to shed, which means an infected person be able to infect other people over a longer period of time than was initially thought. On May 8, 2020 the CDC updated their guidance on how long people who are positive or presumed positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate. Visit the CDC website for more information.


Where can the public get up-to-date information?

Please check our main COVID-19 portal page which will be regularly updated with the latest information from Valley Presbyterian Hospital, including links to event and class cancellations as well as messages from our CEO.

Our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page provides answers to many questions such as how to prevent the COVID-19 virus and what to do if you think you have it.

Our Resources page has links to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, City of Los Angeles, and World Health Organization for up-to-date information locally, nationally and worldwide.



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