105.4 New COVID-19 positive cases per day per 100K
(Increase of 41.5 from last WUSD Dashboard on December 16, 2020)
15.2% Positivity rate
(Increase of 3.9% from last WUSD Dashboard)
0.0% ICU availability
(Decline of 9.9% from last WUSD Dashboard)
Los Angeles County metrics
150.7 New COVID-19 cases per day per 100K
(Increase of 66.3 from last WUSD Dashboard)
75.3 Adjusted case rate for tier assignment
(Increase of 33.1 from last WUSD Dashboard)
17.1% Positivity rate
(Increase of 5.7% from last WUSD Dashboard)
Los Angeles County Tier:
Minimum requirements to move tiers
Counties must meet the following two conditions in order to move from the Widespread to the Substantial tier:
- Positivity rate must be below 8%
- Cases per 100,000 residents must be below 7 new cases per 100,000 residents
(Source for all the above data and information)
Outlook for COVID-19 in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County has met an unfortunate milestone of over 1 million coronavirus cases — meaning 1 out of every 10 Angelenos has been infected at some point during the pandemic, according to the Los Angeles Times.
This news comes as hospitals across the state and region remain at 0% ICU capacity. Officials are monitoring the surge of hospitalized patients from the recent Christmas and New Year's holidays.
However, Gov. Gavin Newsom reported recently that the state is beginning to see stabilization in ICUs and the positivity rate. The rate of growth for hospitalizations is also beginning to decline.
In more good news, the vaccine rollout has begun. The state expects to have enough supplies to vaccinate most Californians in all 58 counties by summer 2021.
In Los Angeles County, the rollout to the Phase 1B, Tier 1 group is estimated to begin in early February. This group includes:
- Persons who are 75 years and older
- Individuals who work in:
- Child care
- Emergency services
- Food and agriculture
The next group eligible for the vaccine within the same phase, Phase 1B, Tier 2 includes
- Individuals 65-74 years of age
- Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:
- Transportation and logistics
- Industrial, commercial, residential, and sheltering facilities and services
- Critical manufacturing
- Congregate settings with outbreak risk: incarcerated and homeless
Beginning in March, the state estimates vaccines will begin to be administered to individuals in Phase 1C:
- Persons 50-64 years old
- People 16-49 years of age and have an underlying health condition or disability which increases their risk of severe COVID-19
- Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:
- Water and wastewater
- Chemical and hazardous materials
- Communications and IT
- Financial services
- Government operations / community-based essential functions
Lastly, in the proposed Phase 2, persons 16-49 years old without high-risk medical conditions may begin receiving the vaccine. It is estimated that vaccination will begin for those in Phase 2 by mid-May or early June.
According to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, children will not be offered the vaccine in the near future. The Pfizer vaccine has only been authorized by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for people age 16 and over and the Moderna vaccine is only authorized for people age 18 and over.
What this means for schools
While educators and education staff in Los Angeles County may begin receiving the vaccine as early as February, vaccines are not currently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for children, pending further safety testing.
Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is not required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for children to return to school. In California, the immunization of students currently does not impede physical reopenings of school sites if a county’s metrics meet school reopening requirements.
Amid this vaccine rollout, new state guidance released this month by the California Department of Public Health has reworked the previous school reopening framework. The updates include amended considerations for schools to reopen, such as the submission and approval of a district COVID-19 Safety Plan. More details continue to unfold and information will be shared in the weeks to come.
In the meantime, schools across the state continue to look ahead at the return to school that may eventually be possible as cases decline and the vaccine rollout continues. When schools begin to reopen, safety measures such as wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home when sick will remain in place. Ideally at the point of reopening, at minimum teachers will have been offered vaccination.
What this all means for Wiseburn
At this time, our teachers have not yet been offered the vaccine but we are hopeful the county’s schedule allows our teachers to receive it soon. Wiseburn awaits the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and/or local health officials regarding vaccinations for children when and if the vaccine becomes available to them. At this time, the vaccine will not be required for children to attend school in-person.
Regrettably, the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases here in Los Angeles County put any hopeful plans of in-person instruction for our TK-2 students on pause. This surge has left many families and caretakers in our community less confident in the idea of sending their students back to campus in any capacity while the spread remains as high and our hospitals are over capacity. We also recognize some had been hopeful for a more expeditious return.
At this point, the District awaits further guidance and clarification of the amended school reopening framework from the California Department of Public Health. In the coming weeks, the District will provide updated information on the requirements for reopening under the amended framework through our district-wide email list and website, as well as through our next Wiseburn COVID-19 Dashboard newsletter.
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