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City of West Hollywood
Thursday December 23rd, 2021 :: 03:20 p.m. PST


COVID-19 UPDATE - New COVID-19 Cases Increasing at Alarming Rate. Vax, Boosters, Masks & Testing Remain Critical.

The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is confirming one of the steepest rises in the COVID-19 case count seen over the course of the pandemic, reflecting increased circulation of Omicron and the associated rapid acceleration of transmission associated with this variant.

Today, LA County Public Health confirmed 8,633 new COVID-19 cases. This follows an update yesterday, on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, in which LA County Public Health confirmed 6,509 new cases, 162 additional Omicron cases, and 16 additional deaths from COVID-19. The County test positivity rate has now risen to 6.6 percent; one week ago, the test positivity rate was 1.9 percent. The number of cases reported today represents nearly triple the reported case count just two days ago on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, when the case count was 3,052.

Officials from LA County Public Health are reminding community members about the importance of getting vaccinated, getting boosted, getting tested, and masking-up; these remain critical while facing a surge.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:

  • Boosters help restore high levels of COVID-19 protection, similar to the levels offered two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine. According to LA County Public Health data, between December 5 and December 11, fully vaccinated people with boosters were 20 times more protected from infection versus only 4 times more protected for fully vaccinated without boosters, as compared to unvaccinated people.
  • Testing is also critically important since it helps identify potential sources of transmission before they come into contact with high-risk individuals.
  • Masks are also very important as they provide a good physical barrier against the virus, and help prevent people from both getting infected, and from inadvertently spreading infection. Given that Omicron is spreading quickly, it’s also best to consider upgrading to a medical-grade, surgical, or KN95 mask when in close contact with others.

Vaccines are available for everyone age 5 and over. In addition, the CDC is strengthening its booster recommendations and is encouraging everyone 16 and older to get boosted. Data continues to affirm that, for the general population, fully vaccinated people are well protected from severe infections with both the Omicron and Delta variants. While there is evidence that a small number of fully vaccinated individuals can become infected and contribute to community spread, most new cases and hospitalizations are those who remain unvaccinated. For up-to-date details, including links to book an appointment if you are in a group being actively vaccinated, please visit For people without access to a computer or the Internet, or people with disabilities, an LA County call center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to help schedule appointments at (833) 540-0473.

Testing is important for people who develop symptoms, even if fully vaccinated and boosted, and testing is recommended for travelers 3-5 days upon arriving-in or returning-to California from other states or countries. It is also a good idea to get tested in advance of gathering for holiday celebrations. COVID-19 testing remains widely available across LA County. Residents should first call their healthcare provider for a COVID-19 test. For people who cannot get a test through a healthcare provider, free testing is available. For additional information, please visit Los Angeles County coordinates a COVID-19 West Hollywood testing site at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The testing site is open each week from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is adjacent to the Community Center in the South Parking Lot. Tests are being administered by Fulgent Genetics and advance appointments must be made at People getting tests should bring ID and confirmation number to the appointment.

Additional information, such as links to West Hollywood-area drug store chains offering vaccinations, is available on the City of West Hollywood’s website at in the Vaccines and Testing Information section.

The City of West Hollywood remains in a declared local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. West Hollywood City Hall is open for in-person transactions by appointment. Visitors to City Hall and City facilities are required to adhere to vaccine verification requirements. Click here for details. To make an appointment, visit City Hall services remain accessible by phone at (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at City of West Hollywood coronavirus information is available at

For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity, sign up for news updates at, and visit the City’s calendar of meetings and events at

For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please contact the LA County Department of Public Health Chief Communications Officer, Carl A. Kemp, at (213) 240-8144 or [email protected].
For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about the City of West Hollywood, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Public Information Officer, Sheri A. Lunn, at (323) 848-6391 or [email protected].

City of West Hollywood
8300 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Non-emergencies: 323-848-6400

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