“Due to an increase in the test positivity rate reported by the LA County Department of Public Health and out of an abundance of caution, the City of West Hollywood will be cancelling the Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market on Monday, January 10th,” reads a post on the official page of the City of West Hollywood Recreation Services Division. “The safety and concern of staff, vendors and the community is the City’s top priority. Thank you for understanding and your flexibility as we navigate through these unprecedented times.”
It is not yet clear if the Helen Albert Certified Farmer’s Market will reopen next week. Check back for updates.
COVID-19 daily update from L.A. County Department of Public Health for January 8, 2022, lists 34,448 new cases (1,921,890 to date), 16 new deaths (27,772 to date) and currently there 3,2000 hospitalizations.
On Friday, January, 9, 2022, L.A. County recorded over 43,000 cases, setting a record for one day. This follows the previous day’s record number of over 37,000 cases, which was the previous record for highest daily case counts.
As Public Health continues to respond to this latest surge, the county’s health system is experiencing significant healthcare workforce shortages due to high rates of COVID transmission. As of January 6th, there are an additional 973 newly reported cases since the previous report ending on December 30th; this is an increase of over 47% since the prior reporting period. In total, there have been 50,353 healthcare workers and first responders confirmed with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County.
As of January 6th, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals reported the highest share staff cases among health care setting sites. Among occupations, nursing staff accounted for 27% of new cases. Public Health is also reporting that among all healthcare workers, over one-third (39%) reported being exposed to a known case within their facility, either a patient and/or co-worker.
LA County reports that given the powerful protection offered by booster doses, on December 23rd, 2021, LA County revised its Health Officer Order to align with the State of California Health Officer Order requiring booster doses for all healthcare workers. The revised order required booster-eligible workers in healthcare settings be boosted by February 1st, 2022, or be tested for COVID-19 twice a week beginning December 27th (if in acute health care or long-term care settings).