22
July
2021
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11:28 AM
America/Los_Angeles

Time to mask up again and get your vaccine if you haven’t already

Dear Valued Patient,

As you may know, Los Angeles County is once again requiring people to wear masks in indoor public places to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of vaccine status.

This new mandate is in response to a significant increase in cases and hospitalizations, including those caused by the more infectious Delta variant.

We do know the majority of those contracting the disease are unvaccinated.

Currently, slightly more than half of Los Angeles County residents are fully vaccinated and 60% are partially vaccinated. This means that millions of residents are not yet protected.

If you have not yet received a vaccination, we urge you to do so. Appointments are available on our website through the state-wide system, My Turn.

Vaccines, while not foolproof, are highly effective in preventing COVID-19, including variants of the disease. Fully vaccinated people face a very small chance they could still contract the disease through what is known as a “breakthrough infection.” When breakthrough infections occur, the cases tend to be less severe and less likely to lead to hospitalization.

We also want to assure you that it is safe to visit any Keck Medicine of USC location. Following recommendations from the state and local public health departments and the Centers for Disease Control, we continue to require masks for all visitors and staff in all of our settings. Before entering our buildings, all patients, staff and health care workers are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and provided with a face mask to be worn at all times. We also continue to practice physical distancing in all public spaces.

You can feel comfortable seeing your doctors and scheduling your routine screenings and check-ups. Telehealth — where patients can schedule virtual visits with their doctors — is also an option should you wish to consult with your health care provider from your home or office.

To schedule an appointment with Keck Medicine, please call (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273). You can also request an appointment through our website.

Thank you for entrusting us with your care. We will continue to keep you updated on the status of COVID-19 in our community.

Sincerely,

Rod Hanners
Interim CEO
Keck Medicine of USC