LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn tests positive for coronavirus

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, forcing her to miss Tuesday’s board meeting.

Hahn is tired, has a sore throat and is resting at home, said her communications director, Liz Odendahl. It is not known where Hahn was infected.

“I’m vaccinated and boosted but I feel pretty lousy and still have a terrible cough,” Hahn, 70, wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.

On the five-member council, Hahn represents the 4th District, which includes part of the South Bay as well as the communities of South Gate, Huntington Park and Lynwood extending east to Whittier and La Habra Heights.

Hahn’s positive test comes as California and the country continue to deal with high levels of coronavirus transmission fueled by highly contagious Omicron subvariants. In LA County, officials say the summer surge of coronavirus appears to be peaking.

LA County’s weekly test positivity — the proportion of tests performed and reported confirming coronavirus infection — rose from 15% in late July to 12% on Monday, county data showed.

Hospitalizations, while higher than in May, June and early July, have also begun to level off in recent weeks. As of Monday, 1,151 coronavirus-positive patients were hospitalized across the county.

Improvements in case and hospitalization rates helped LA County avoid a mask mandate late last month.

Hahn said at the time that she preferred the county to stay aligned with the state, which strongly recommends, but does not require, masking indoors in public places.

“Local businesses I know have told my office they are concerned about having to enforce this mask mandate when so much of the population opposes it,” she said.

Hahn is the latest local elected official, including several of her colleagues on the supervisory board, to test positive this year.

In January, supervisor Kathryn Barger contracted COVID-19. She wrote at the time that it sounded like a cold, while acknowledging that “every person’s experience is different”.

Supervisor Hilda Solis tested positive in May. She wrote on Twitter that she had mild symptoms and encouraged everyone to get vaccinated and boosted.

The mayor and vice mayor of Beverly Hills also tested positive in May.

Los Angeles Times

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