Supervisor Janice Hahn feeling better after bout with COVID

Supervisor Janice Hahn feeling better after bout with COVID

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said on Friday, Aug. 12, that she is “feeling a lot better” after testing positive for COVID-19 roughly a week ago.

Hahn announced Tuesday that she had tested positive for the virus over the weekend, and she missed that day’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

On Friday, she wrote on Twitter, “8 days after my first symptoms and I am finally feeling a lot better. Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes and even dropped off chicken soup on my doorstep. It meant a lot.”

Hahn, 70, said she is fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

She has been on the Board of Supervisors since 2016. She previously served in Congress and spent a decade on the Los Angeles City Council.

It was an eventful COVID week in the county, as the region finally escaped the federal government’s “high” COVID-19 activity category, advancing to the “medium” level thanks to the falling rate of new virus-related hospital admissions.

The county moved into the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “high” category in mid-July when the average daily rate of people being admitted to hospitals for COVID reasons topped 10 per 100,000 residents. The county lingered in the “high” category for several weeks, raising the possibility of health officials re-imposing an indoor mask-wearing mandate. The county ultimately opted against the move, citing steady improvements in new case and hospitalization numbers.

County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer originally anticipated that the county would move back into the “medium” virus-activity category last week, but the average daily hospitalization rate remained at 10.1 per 100,000 residents in last week’s CDC update.

That changed on Thursday, when updated CDC numbers put the county’s hospitalization rate at 9.9 per 100,000 residents, just enough to move back into the “medium” category.

The move from high to medium will not have any practical effect for residents, since the county already opted against re-imposing the mandatory indoor mask-wearing mandate.

Masks are still required in some settings, including health care facilities, homeless shelters, aboard transit vehicles and at transit centers, along with correctional facilities.

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