Nearly 53% of LCF Residents Have Received COVID Vaccine

More than half of La Cañada Flintridge residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and the number will continue to climb with California expanding eligibility to all residents 16 and older today.
According to the L.A. Department of Public Health, La Cañada Flintridge has one of the highest vaccination rates in the county with 52.7% of residents having at least one shot of the vaccine. Nearby cities San Marino (53.3%), South Pasadena (52.4%) and Pasadena (47.6%) have similar numbers, but Glendale’s rate is only 34.4%.
All Los Angeles County residents 16 and older, regardless of medical conditions, were allowed to begin scheduling appointments as early as Wednesday. Residents under 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.
L.A. County — the most populous in the state with 10 million residents — has administered more than 5 million doses of the vaccine and 37.1% of California residents 16 and older have received at least one dose.
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Vaccines Help County Move to Orange Tier

Los Angeles County residents will soon see more of the normality they were used to before the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year.
The L.A. Department of Public Health announced on Tuesday that the county has met the threshold for the orange tier — indicating moderate infection of the coronavirus — of the state’s blueprint for a safer economy. The next-to-lowest tier loosens restrictions on businesses and allows theme parks to open. The new health order will go into effect this coming Monday, April 5.
“After a year of fear, anxiety and tragic loss, we’re seeing glimmers of hope once more,” County Supervisor Hilda Solis said in a virtual update on Tuesday. “But this didn’t happen just by accident. This was because of our collective hard work.”
According to data from the state, the adjusted case rate in L.A. County went down from 3.7 per 100,000 to 3.3 per 100,000 and the seven-day positivity rate dropped to 1.5% and 2.1% in underserved communities. The positivity rates are good enough to qualify for the yellow tier — the least restrictive in the state’s reopening plan — but the county would have to maintain those numbers as well as record less than one new daily case per 100,000 for three consecutive weeks to move into the minimal infection tier.
Unlike Orange County, which also qualified for the orange tier and updated its health order on Wednesday, L.A. County officials elected to wait for the full three weeks before transitioning into a less restrictive tier.
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Burbank Schools Gear Up for Return to Athletic Fields

Athletes and coaches throughout Los Angeles County finally heard the announcement they have been waiting for: High school athletics are officially a go.
L.A. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced Wednesday that the county would update its Protocols for Youth and Adult Sports League to align with the state’s guidelines, allowing outdoor sports to begin practice and competition this week.
It has been 11 months since an official high school game was played in L.A. County. Schools closed their doors last March to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and public health officials did not allow any competition or practice of any kind.

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Local High Schools Gear Up for Return to Athletic Fields

Athletes and coaches throughout Los Angeles County finally heard the announcement they have been waiting for: High school athletics are officially a go.
L.A. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced Wednesday that the county would update its Protocols for Youth and Adult Sports League to align with the state’s guidelines, allowing outdoor sports to begin practice and competition this week.
It has been 11 months since an official high school game was played in L.A. County. Schools closed their doors last March to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and public health officials did not allow any competition or practice of any kind.

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