HEALTH UPDATE: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

REVISED January 13, 2022

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Latest COVID-19 Updates:

On March 16, 2020, BCHD activated its Emergency Operations Plan and opened the District Operations Center (DOC) in response to COVID-19. View the DOC Dashboard for BCHD program and service numbers.


Latest Recommendations Regarding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters and Additional Doses

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine:

  • Individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for their primary series are now eligible for their booster 5 months after their 2nd vaccine.
  • Individuals 12-15 years old are now eligible for boosters, 5 months after their 2nd shot.
  • Individuals 5-11 years old who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are eligible for an additional primary dose 28 days after their 2nd dose.

>FDA Pfizer Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) update announcement
>CDC statement and guidance for booster shots
>CDC guidance for immunocompromised children

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines:

  • Decrease the mRNA Booster Interval from 6 Months to 5 Months: Individuals 12 years and older who initially received an mRNA vaccine series (two doses of Moderna for those 18 years and older or two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech for those 12 years and older) can now receive an mRNA booster shot 5 months after completing their initial series.

>FDA Moderna EUA update announcement

What does it mean to be “up to date” with your COVID-19 vaccines?

  • Individuals are considered “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccines if…
    1. they have received their primary series and are not yet eligible for their booster OR
    2. they have received their booster.
  • The definition of fully vaccinated has not changed but the quarantine requirements in Los Angeles County are now different based on whether an individual is “up to date” or not:
    1. Individuals who are exposed and up to date do NOT need to quarantine, but testing is recommended and they should wear a medical grade mask for 10 days inside and outside
    2. Individuals who are exposed and NOT up to date must quarantine

>View the Vaccine Eligibility Summary Table here to see who is eligible for which vaccine when.
>Doses for People who are Immunocompromised
>Booster Doses


Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests

As part of its ongoing efforts across many channels to expand Americans’ access to free testing, the Biden-Harris Administration is requiring insurance companies and group health plans to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests, so people with private health coverage can get them for free starting January 15. The new coverage requirement means that most consumers with private health coverage can go online or to a pharmacy or store, buy a test, and either get it paid for up front by their health plan, or get reimbursed for the cost by submitting a claim to their plan. This requirement incentivizes insurers to cover these costs up front and ensures individuals do not need an order from their health care provider to access these tests for free.

Beginning January 15, 2022, individuals with private health insurance coverage or covered by a group health plan who purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be able to have those test costs covered by their plan or insurance. Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover 8 free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month. That means a family of four, all on the same plan, would be able to get up to 32 of these tests covered by their health plan per month. There is no limit on the number of tests, including at-home tests, that are covered if ordered or administered by a health care provider following an individualized clinical assessment, including for those who may need them due to underlying medical conditions. Learn more here.


Updated Health Officer Order (Issued Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Effective as of Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022)

The Los Angeles County Responding Together at Work and In the Community Health Officer Order has been updated.  Please note that the updated definitions for mega events were effective as of 1/15/22 and the masking requirement is effective no later than 1/17/22.  

Brief Highlight:


Free COVID-19 Tests are Available at the YMCA

No appointments are necessary and PCR tests will be administered at the sites with results available in 24 to 48 hours. Please call the YMCA for more information.

Branches that offer COVID-19 Testing:

Anderson Munger Family YMCA
4301 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90020
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm

Culver-Palms Family YMCA
4500 Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City, CA, 90230 (Rear Parking Lot)
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, 8:00am-12:00pm

East Valley Family YMCA
5142 Tujunga Avenue, North Hollywood, CA, 91601
Monday, 9:00am-2:00pm

Gardena-Carson Family YMCA 
1000 W Artesia Boulevard, Gardena, CA, 90248
Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Mid Valley Family YMCA
6901 Lennox Avenue, Van Nuys, CA, 91405
Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm

San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA 
301 S Bandini Street, San Pedro, CA, 90731
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm 
Saturday, 7:00am-11:00am 

Torrance-South Bay YMCA 
2900 W Sepulveda Boulevard, Torrance, CA, 90505
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, 8:00am-12:00pm

Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA 
2900 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90023
Tuesday, 10:00am-4:00pm

Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center 
9900 S Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90044
Monday-Friday, 7:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-7:30pm

Westchester Family YMCA 
8015 S Sepulveda Boulevard, Westchester, CA, 90045
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, 8:00am-3:00pm 
Saturday, 8:00am-12:00pm

West Valley Family YMCA 
18810 Vanowen Street, Reseda, CA, 91335
Thursday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm

Wilmington YMCA 
1127 N Avalon Boulevard, Wilmington, CA, 90744
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm


Los Angeles County Pick-Up and At-Home Testing Options

Pick-Up Testing Kit:

The Pick-Up Testing Kit program allows residents to pick up a PCR test kit, perform the test and return the completed test to designated sites for processing. Residents will be notified of their test results within 24-48 hours. Pick-Up Testing Kits are provided at no cost to you if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19, OR
  • Think you were exposed to COVID-19.

Please note the Pick-Up Testing Kits are not for use by those testing as requirement to return to school, work or participating in team sports. Click here to learn more.

Home Test Collection Program (TEMPORARILY PAUSED):

The Los Angeles County Home Test Collection program offers all Los Angeles County residents with an at-home testing nasal swab kit via mail. Home test collection kits are provided at no cost to you if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19, OR
  • Think you were exposed to COVID-19.

Click here to learn more.


Updated Health Officer Order (Issued Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022)

Brief Highlights:

  • Masks must be worn at all times while indoors at Cardrooms. Patrons may remove masks only when actively eating or drinking in designated dining areas and may not consume food or beverage while playing or gaming.
  • As soon as possible, but no later than January 17, 2022, employers are required to provide their employees, who work indoors and in close contact with other workers or the public, with and require them to wear a well-fitting medical grade mask, surgical mask or higher-level respirator, such as an N95 filtering facepiece respirator or KN95, at all times while indoors at the worksite or facility.
  • In alignment with the State Public Health Officer’s December 31, 2021 Order, beginning January 15, 2022, attendance thresholds are lowered to 500 attendees for Indoor Mega Events and lowered to 5,000 attendees for Outdoor Mega Events.
  • Recognizing the protection provided by masking while indoors and in crowded settings, there is a strong recommendation that at Mega Events, Performance Venues, Movie Theatres and Entertainment Venues, food and drink only be consumed, where possible, in designated dining areas.
  • Mega Events, Performance Venues, Movie Theatres and Entertainment Venues are responsible for messaging, signage and compliance with masking requirement unless spectators/customers are actively eating or drinking.


Upgrade your mask: Good fit and filtration continue to be the best way to get the most out of your mask. The best masks for preventing COVID-19 include the N95, KN95 and KF94. If you don’t have access to one of these masks, wear a surgical mask or a surgical mask with a cloth mask on top. If you choose a fabric mask, opt for one with three or more cloth layers. No matter what kind of mask you wear, check the fit by avoiding gaps above the nose or on the sides.


Revised Isolation Order issued: December 31, 2021:

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, who reside in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who have tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to isolate themselves and follow all instructions in this Order. A person is considered to be diagnosed with COVID-19 based on one or both of the following criteria:

  1. They received a positive viral test for COVID-19 and/or
  2. A healthcare provider clinically suspects that they have COVID-19

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the County of Los Angeles Health Officer (“Health Officer”) hereby requires you to immediately:

  1. Self-isolate for at least 5 days or longer, see “Duration of Self-Isolation, and
  2. Identify your close contacts to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (“Public Health”) when interviewed by Public Health for purposes of contact tracing; and
  3. Tell your close contacts that they have been exposed and need to follow the Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19 (if you have a positive viral test for COVID-19) and
  4. Contact Public Health at (833) 540-0473 within 24 hours of receiving this Order, unless you have already completed a contact tracing interview and
  5. Follow all instructions in this Order.

Click here to view Isolation and Quarantine Requirements and Recommendations: Summary for the General Public.


Revised Quarantine Order Issued: December 31, 2021:

All individuals who reside in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who have been in close contact with a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19 (based on a positive viral COVID-19 test result) are required to quarantine themselves and follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s instructions for self-quarantine, unless they meet exemption criteria, as specified in this Order.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the County of Los Angeles Health Officer (“Health Officer”) hereby requires you to immediately:

  1. Self-quarantine if you are not exempt (Exemptions are listed below. Also, review the County Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19), and
  2. Monitor your health for 10 days, and
  3. Contact the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (“Public Health”) at (833) 540-0473 within 24 hours of receiving this Order, unless you have already completed a contact tracing interview, and
  4. Follow all other instructions in this Order.

Note: If you are a TK-12 student and you were exposed to a person with COVID-19 in a school setting where students are supervised by school staff (indoors, outdoors, or on a school bus), contact your school to learn whether you meet the criteria for modified quarantine. If you do, you may be allowed to follow modified quarantine requirements to continue in-person academic activities that are part of the regular school curriculum and are provided during school hours. You must still follow this Quarantine Order and must stay at home for the duration of quarantine, except for in-person academic activities as described above.

You are not required to quarantine if you have no symptoms AND you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, as per the Appendix below:

  • You are "fully vaccinated and boosted", receiving all recommended doses of the primary COVID-19 vaccination series and a vaccine booster dose


  • You are “fully vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible”.

Note: Having recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within last 90 days no longer excludes you from quarantine.

While you are not required to quarantine, you are required to:

  • Test for COVID-19 immediately and test again on Day 5 after your last exposure. (Please note that Day 0 is the day of your last exposure. Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure.)
  • Wear a well-fitted, non-cloth mask, both indoors and outdoors, for a total 10 days while you are around others. Adults need to wear a medical grade mask (surgical or respirator), and children should wear a non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms for 10 days following your exposure.
  • If you test positive or if COVID-19 symptoms develop, stay home and follow Isolation requirements.
  • Follow all other instructions for fully vaccinated and boosted and fully vaccinated, but not yet booster eligible close contacts in the Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19, which are available in English, Spanish, and other languages at

Click here to view Isolation and Quarantine Requirements and Recommendations: Summary for the General Public.


Update on Variants:
As of December 25, the CDC revised estimates on variant prevalence, with Omicron now estimated to account for 59% of all U.S. infections and Delta for 41% of infections. In the week ending December 18, 54% of Los Angeles County sequenced positive cases were Omicron variants. 

For more information on COVID-19, visit:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
California COVID-19 Response -
California Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County COVID-19 Response -
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
World Health Organization