Stay Home and Save Lives, Stories From the Surge, Holiday Testing Site Closures, and Food for Hope


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December 29, 2020



Stay Home and Save Lives, Stories From the Surge, Holiday Testing Site Closures, and Food for Hope

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Hospitalizations have continued to rise over the holiday weekend, with every day seeing a new high in the number of individuals hospitalized with COVID.  The most concerning part of what we are facing, is that as bad as it is, the worst is almost certainly yet to come. This is because – despite health officials' warnings –  people went holiday shopping, traveled, and gathered with people outside their homes. If the images and stories about gatherings and intermingling over the holiday were as widespread as they appeared to be, while the case counts are now leveling, they will sharply rise in a couple of weeks and in January, L.A. County will be having an additional surge within our hospitals.

"Stay home for New Year’s Eve. Do not celebrate outside your home. Stay off the roads.  You and your loved ones are not invincible. You can get COVID. You can get into a car accident. You can have a stroke. And we may not be able to help you if the surge continues and our hospitals continue to be overrun." - Dr. Christina Ghaly, MD, Director, Department of Health Services

Stories From The Surge

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L.A County healthcare frontline worker, Dr. Elizabeth Hong, explains what it's like to work in the hospital during the COVID-19 surge.

Holiday Testing Site Closures

Testing does not protect

L.A. County Public Health and Department of Health Services remind you that the strategy of testing in order to gather is flawed. A person is negative only at the time they got tested - not the next day or the next day or the next day. By the time you get a negative test result, you may no longer be negative. Even if you have no symptoms, you can infect others. This virus spreads easily when folks are in close contact with others, not wearing face coverings, and not keeping their distance.

All county supported testing sites will be closed on New Year's Day. 

For real time information on testing sites and availability, pleasr visit

Food for Hope

Food Drive

Sadly, there is no vaccine for ending hunger. At least 1 in 4 people in L.A. County have suffered from food insecurity since the start of the pandemic. If your constituents want to help their most vulnerable neighbors, they can donate time, money or food with a single click. Help us spread the word about our #HereForTheHolidays campaign by using our Toolkit!

Vaccine Misinformation


Myth 2: Only 1% of people who get COVID-19 die of it. Won’t the vaccine kill more people than that?
The Facts: COVID-19 is a lethal disease. Seasonal flu can be very dangerous but it kills about one person in every thousand infected, while COVID-19 kills one out of a hundred people who are infected. No one has died from the two approved vaccines.

View the complete COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation guide here

COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certification Program


LA County is helping train businesses on the implementation of COVID-19 safety protocols through a no-cost online training course called the COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certification Program (CSCCP). Once completed, business owners receive a certificate, and window seal to display on their storefront, which can reassure employees and customers alike that the business is following COVID-19 infection control and physical distancing requirements.

If you have not yet completed the CSCCP course or want to learn more about it, visit Help support your employees, customers, and community while on the Road to Recovery.

Incident Report

Today’s Incident Report is in the process of being finalized and will be posted on the Incident Report section of the County’s COVID-19 site when complete. Please note, that the reports are posted by date and can be accessed at

COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide & Toolkit

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View our updated COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide, and get tips on Best Practices, Do's and Don'ts, Key Messaging, and our Social Media Toolkit - with multi-lingual graphics and messages like the ones seen below.

Access our Social Media Toolkit here.

Beware of vaccine scams! If someone offers to sell you the COVID-19 vaccine or a chance to get vaccinated before it's your turn, it's a SCAM.

Additional Information

The County of Los Angeles appreciates your continued partnership in responding to COVID-19 questions and needs of residents. For additional information, please visit: