SPA 3 Regional Health Office
COVID-19 Weekly Update
December 3, 2021
LA County Prepares for Omicron Variant
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues to track variant cases in Los Angeles County. The Delta variant remains the dominant variant detected among LA County residents, accounting for 100% of cases sequenced. The Omicron variant identified by the World Health Organization in South Africa as a “variant of concern” is being closely monitored as we work to prevent the spread of this new variant. This includes adhering to the travel restrictions issued by the White House and the CDC.
More studies are needed to determine whether the Omicron variant is more contagious, more deadly, or more resistant to current COVID-19 vaccines and treatments than other COVID-19 strains. There are important steps we all need to continue to take to protect ourselves from COVID-19 and from emerging variants of concern. These include:
- Making sure that everyone 5 years and older gets fully vaccinated or receives their booster dose, when eligible, to reduce transmission of the virus currently dominating across the county.
- Adhering to masking requirements and wearing a mask when indoors or at large outdoor mega events regardless of vaccination status.
- Following isolation orders if you test positive for COVID-19, and following quarantine orders if you are exposed.
- Getting tested if you traveled over the holidays or were at gatherings with large numbers of people.
For more information on the Omicron variant and traveling recommendations, visit the links listed below:
COVID-19 Testing After the Holiday Weekend
If you start to feel COVID-19 symptoms after this holiday weekend, you should get tested ASAP. If you test positive, you should isolate yourself from others for 10 days. You can get a FREE COVID-19 test at any LA County testing site. Click here to find a testing site near you.
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for ages 5-11
Just the Facts
- 9 million COVID-19 infections have been reported among children 5-11 years old nationwide
- 11% of total cases in the U.S. occurred in children ages 5-11
- 4,600 children ages 5-11 participated in clinical trials before the vaccine was authorized
- The vaccine was found to be over 90% effective against COVID-19 in clinical trials
- Zero severe reactions or cases of myocarditis or pericarditis were reported in clinical trials
Safe Steps to Safe Schools: Get Vaccinated with LAUSD
Join a virtual public health webinar series for students and families to hear from doctors and other community leaders about COVID-19 safety and COVID-19 vaccination information.
Pediatricians Answer Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children
THE CONVERSATION expands to address information needs about the COVID-19 vaccines available to children 5 and older and the status of vaccines for younger children.
To learn more, click here.
Sesame Street in Communities
Sesame Street in Communities helps educate children and parents about the importance of kids getting the COVID-19 vaccine. To learn more, click here.
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Federal Communications Commission started a temporary program to help eligible families pay for Home Internet service during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) includes a discount of up to $50 a month on Internet service until March 2022. After March 2022, you will get a discount of up to $30 a month on your Home Internet service.
APPLY BY DECEMBER 31
For more information and to apply click here or call 1-866-696-8748.
Need a COVID-19 Vaccination Presentation?
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health offers an array of presentations, including the Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccines.
If you would like to schedule a presentation for your organization, click here.
Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics and Testing Near You
Remember, it is your right to be vaccinated. All vaccines are available for FREE, and are given regardless of your immigration status. You do not need health insurance.
Visit vaccinatelacounty.com for more information about how to prepare for your appointment and what to do after you have been vaccinated. Many other sites throughout the San Gabriel Valley are offering the vaccine and taking walk-ins.
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SPA 3 Resources and Announcements
Pomona Wellness Community offers a place for community members to gather, find resources, or participate in wellness activities. Support includes mental health, substance use, and general health and wellness resources. All activities are FREE and open to the community. Our December program includes:
- Free Nutrition Workshops
- Cafecitos around mental health and wellbeing
- Preventing Opioid Overdose
- What You Need to Know About Substance Use Disorders
- Anger Management
- Alive and Thrive stress management
- Parents of Sexually Abused Children support group
- Fresh Produce Giveaway
Visit our website: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/chs/pwc.htm
Download our monthly calendar of programs here
Email: [email protected]
New Pomona Wellness Community Social Media Toolkit!
We invite you to share Pomona Wellness Community with your clients and families by using our NEW Social Media Toolkit created by our Youth Advisors. The toolkit includes all our images and a tip sheet. Click the image below to see our youth-designed social media posts.
Metro Life Program
Metro is reducing the cost of transit for low-income riders with the Low-Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) Program. The program offers fare discounts that can be applied toward the purchase of weekly and monthly transit passes on Metro and any LIFE participating transit agencies – or 20 free rides on any one of the participating transit agencies. Apply online or submit your LIFE application by mail or at Metro Customer Centers.
For additional information, click here.
Events at Tri-City Wellness Center
Tri-City Wellness Center is a community hub for activities that promote recovery, resiliency and wellness for people confronting mental health challenges. All services at the Wellness Center are free and open to people of all ages. This month, we are highlighting 2 youth programs. Click on each link to find out more: Teen Hour Free Virtual Hangout and Kid’s Zone Virtual Support Group. Community members are also invited to a virtual Holly Jolly Holiday Party on Friday, December 17 at 3:30 p.m. For more details, click here.
Get Your Flu Vaccine
The CDC recommends that anyone 6 months and older be vaccinated for the flu. Protect yourself and your family this flu season by getting vaccinated. To find a flu immunization site near you:
- Call your doctor, or your local pharmacy
- Call 2-1-1, the LA County Information Line (you can ask for locations where flu immunizations are LOW COST or FREE)
- FREE flu vaccinations and COVID-19 testing are also offered at our Community Outreach Flu Clinics.
Supersquad Assemble! Launching January 2022
A safe space for new and expecting Black moms
- Unmask – Be Real, Be You
- Grow Your Village
- Release Your Inner Power
To join, please register
Vaccinate L.A. Newsletter
Sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter to stay updated on COVID-19 related facts. Visit VaccinateLACounty.com to learn more about:
Useful Links and Resources
- Advanced Child Tax Credit
- California Rent Relief Program
- COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Dashboard
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- COVID-19 Vaccination Records
- COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard
- COVID-19 Testing
- Emergency Broadband Benefit
- FEMA Funeral Assistance
- Financial Navigators Program
- Free Snack Program
- Get Ahead LA Financial Resources
- Headspace: Free mindfulness app
- iPrevail Online Mental Health Resource
- LA County America’s Job Center of California
- LA County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution
- LA County Library Vaccine Clinics
- LA County’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
- LA County Youth Suicide Prevention Project
- Mental Health Support (800) 854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Request a Mobile Vaccination Team
- Report a violation (888) 700-9995, Monday – Friday from 8:00AM – 5:00PM
For additional resources please dial 2-1-1
For more information on COVID-19, please visit our website
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Community and Field Services SPA 3 (San Gabriel Valley)
Click here to access resources on 2-1-1 Los Angeles or go to our website: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/chs/SPA3/index.htm
Melisa Acoba, MPH
Health Program Analyst – COVID-19 Response
Community and Field Services Division, San Gabriel Valley (Service Planning Area 3)
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
(833) 641-0305 ext. 9991
750 S. Park Avenue, Pomona, CA 91766
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