The spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles is currently at Threat Level Red.

Threat level: Red (Extreme risk) - Stay home

How to read the Threat Level Indicator

This tool breaks down the risk that COVID-19 presents to our city into four categories: green, yellow, orange, and red. As the dial moves to the right (from green to red), each color indicates an increasing threat level, along with corresponding actions Angelenos should take in response to the virus. As conditions improve, the indicator dial will move towards green. 


COVID-19 THREAT LEVEL - EXTREME - STAY HOME

Threat level: Highest and extreme risk

Threat level description: 
Severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 infection is spreading in the community and could quickly overwhelm the health care system. Outbreaks are spreading rapidly and testing and contract tracing is strained or above capacity. Hospitals are at capacity or at serious risk of being overwhelmed. 

Angelenos Should: STAY HOME
Residents should stay home and avoid all contact with other people unless they are performing essential activities like going to essential work or visiting a grocery store or medical facility or pharmacy for emergency needs. When residents leave home and are in contact or may be in contact with others, they must wear face coverings and keep six feet apart from other people. 

ALWAYS: Residents should always wear face coverings and keep six feet apart when leaving home. Residents should regularly wash hands, sanitize surfaces and follow all state and local health orders. Residents should immediately isolate and quarantine if believed to be sick or exposed. 

COVID-19 THREAT LEVEL - HIGH - MINIMIZE ALL CONTACT

Threat level: Very high and widespread risk

Threat level description: 
Significant and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 is spreading in the community and transmission is occurring rapidly and may soon overwhelm the community and health care system if not controlled. Testing and contact tracing capacity is becoming strained. Hospitals are planning for or surging to meet demand.  

Angelenos Should: MINIMIZE ALL CONTACT
Residents should minimize contact with anyone outside of their households. Residents should avoid spending long periods of time in indoor spaces that are not home and only visit spaces and businesses that are permitted, and follow health orders. When residents leave home and are in contact or may be in contact with others, they must wear face coverings and keep six feet apart from other people. 

ALWAYS: Residents should always wear face coverings and keep six feet apart when leaving home. Residents should regularly wash hands, sanitize surfaces and follow all state and local health orders. Residents should immediately isolate and quarantine if believed to be sick or exposed.

COVID-19 THREAT LEVEL - MODERATE - STAY VIGILANT

Threat level: Moderate risk

Threat level description: 
COVID-19 is spreading in the community but is controlled and there is a clear reduction of spread. Testing and contact tracing capacity is not strained. Hospitals and health care system are meeting demand.  

Angelenos Should: STAY VIGILANT
Residents should remain cautious but can resume careful contact with individuals as long as they are wearing a mask and maintaining a six foot distance. Residents should avoid gathering with individuals outside of their households and spending long periods of time in indoor spaces that are not their homes when possible. 

ALWAYS: Residents should always wear face coverings and  keep six feet apart when leaving home. Residents should regularly wash hands, sanitize surfaces and follow all state and local health orders.Residents should immediately isolate and quarantine if believed to be sick or exposed.

COVID-19 THREAT LEVEL - LOW - RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITIES

Threat level: Low risk

Threat level description: 
COVID-19 presents a low risk to the community because it is contained or it is no longer transmitting because there is sufficient treatment or because a vaccine is available and sufficiently deployed. Contact tracing and testing capacity is sufficient or not needed. Hospitals are able to serve clients with no concern.  

Angelenos Should: RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITIES
Residents can resume normal activities and contacts but remain cautious if there is an outbreak. If sick, follow all precautions. 

ALWAYS: Residents should consider wearing face coverings and keep six feet apart when leaving home if there are outbreaks or resurgence. Residents should regularly wash hands, sanitize surfaces and follow all state and local health orders. Residents should immediately isolate and quarantine if believed to be sick or exposed.


How often will the color of the Threat Level Indicator change?

The threat level will be updated on a weekly basis, but may be updated more frequently, or daily, if necessary. 

When will the threat level or color change? 

Depending on the level of infection in the community, and the health care system’s capacity to respond, the threat level and associated color may be upgraded, downgraded or remain the same.  

Why is Mayor Garcetti making this available to the public?

We are in the midst of a global pandemic. The Threat Level Indicator is meant to help Angelenos easily understand the level of infection and associated health risk in our community so that they can adjust their activities to be safe in the community and help protect others. 

How should people integrate the threat level into their lives?

Angelenos should modify their behavior and activity level relative to the rate of infection and associated health risk in our community. 

Who should use the Threat Level Indicator?

Residents of and visitors to the City of Los Angeles should consider the Threat Level Indicator before making choices about activities outside their homes.

How does the Threat Level Indicator align with the County and State?

The Threat Level Indicator is meant to provide Angelenos with an easy to understand assessment of the severity of COVID-19 in our community based on the level of infection and spread as it is understood  by State, County and City officials and associated performance metrics. These include the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services Hospital Demand Modeling Projections, as well as the Department of Public Health’s Reopening Metrics and the State of California’s Variance Criteria.