HEALTH UPDATE: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

REVISED May 12, 2021

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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. 


COVID-19 Vaccine:

Los Angeles County to Offer Vaccinations to 12 to 15-Year-Olds Starting May 13

On May 12, the CDC affirmed the recommendation by the FDA to expand the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years old. Starting May 13, Los Angeles County vaccination providers may begin offering the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds at vaccination sites that offer the Pfizer vaccine.

All 8 County-run sites will be open and able to vaccinate children 12-17 years old; teens should be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult, and present a photo ID and verification of age. For a full list of sites across the county offering Pfizer vaccines, please visit To schedule an appointment, visit the County’s website; walk-ins are welcome at all 8 County-run sites.


After You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated (as of April 27):
The CDC has updated their interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Recommendations will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated and the rapidly evolving science on vaccines.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?
You are considered fully vaccinated when:

  • Two weeks or more have passed since you received your second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna); or 
  • Two weeks or more have passed since you received your dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson& Johnson/Janssen)

Fully Vaccinated People Can: 

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues.
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings.
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible.

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask.
  • Wear masks that fit snuggly when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease.
  • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
  • Avoid indoor large-sized in-person gatherings.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers.
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

View the graphic for Choosing Safer Activities here.



COVID-19 Updates:

On May 5, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was updated to reflect newly permitted activities allowed in the yellow tier, beginning Thursday, May 6 at 12:01 a.m. Additional safety modifications are required or recommended for some sectors.

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