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LA County escaped coronavirus surge after Labor Day, but officials continue to urge residents to get vaccinated



Los Angeles County appears to have avoided an increase in coronavirus linked to Labor Day, with officials hailing a continued reduction in weekly coronavirus cases, which have fallen to their lowest level since mid-July.

“Higher vaccination rates and safety measures at Labor Day celebrations helped prevent the usual surge in cases we experience after major holidays,” said Barbara Ferrer, LA County director of public health.

But officials said now is not the time to halt efforts to further increase vaccination rates. Ignoring immunization campaigns risks another cycle of rising cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the fall and winter, officials said.

Only 60.1% of LA County residents of all ages are fully vaccinated, a percentage well below what is needed for a community to achieve “herd immunity”, with enough of the population having immunity to COVID-19 to substantial ongoing transmission of the virus.

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