COVID-19 Information

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Your Resource for COVID-19 Information

Hospitalized COVID-19 Positive Patients

Huntington Hospital Covid-19 Dashboard

ICU Covid Positive
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Admitted Covid Positive
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0% Unvaccinated
— From Previous Midnight
73% Unvaccinated
▲2 From Previous Midnight

Hospitalization COVID-Positive Patients: 7-Day Moving Average

Huntington Hospital has been testing for COVID-19 along CDC guidelines to include high-risk individuals, those who are very ill and require hospital care, healthcare providers, and other high-likelihood individuals due to known exposures. The number of positive patients may not indicate overall prevalence of COVID-19 in the outside community.

Last updated: 8/8/2022

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Together, we can keep our community healthy. We have included testing information, COVID-19 vaccine FAQs, and resources from trusted organizations on this page. This information will help explain why vaccination is such an important tool to keep you and our community safe and end the spread of this deadly virus.

COVID-19 Inpatient Visitation Policy: Learn how we adjust our Visitation Policy regularly to balance the comfort of our patients and their families with the ongoing need for safety measures during COVID-19.

Huntington Hospital does not provide COVID-19 testing or monoclonal antibody infusion treatment to the public. For testing information, please see below.

COVID-19 Vaccine

All currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines:

CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible.

If you know someone who is homebound and would like to receive the vaccine or a booster, visit the LA County website to request in-home vaccination.

If you need a vaccine, please visit the site to find a location near you. As always, we recommend you follow health authority guidance and the counsel of your physician as to what is best for you.

Everyone ages 5 and over should get one booster after completing their initial COVID-19 vaccine series. For details, go to: Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC

Right now, second boosters are recommended for adults over 50 and for people 12 and over who are moderately and severely immunocompromised. For information about who is currently eligible for boosters, please see COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters | CDC

COVID-19 Testing

If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, it’s important to get tested.

Our hospital does not offer COVID-19 testing to the public. Click the links below to learn about at-home testing and testing locations.

At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Order Free COVID-19 Tests from the federal government: Every residential household in the U.S. is eligible to order four (4) free at-home COVID-19 tests. These tests are free and can be ordered here (

Insurance reimbursement for at-home test purchases: Insurance companies are now required to reimburse you for eight (8) tests per month for each individual on the plan up to $12 per individual test. Your health plan may cover the cost of your test, or they may provide you reimbursement for the cost of over-the-counter tests. Residents can visit for more information on reimbursement requirements.

Testing Locations

Pasadena Public Health Department: Pasadena COVID-19 Testing Information – Public Health Department (

LA County Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Testing (

Testing is also widely available at doctor’s offices, pharmacies and clinics!

Healthcare Workers Still Need Your Support

While we are encouraged by the decline in COVID-19 in our community,
our caregivers need your support now, more than ever.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

The COVID-19 vaccine is a shot that teaches our immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s the same idea behind the flu shot that Americans have been getting since the 1940s. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization for the use of COVID-19 vaccines to help stop the spread of the virus. For the latest on Omicron, go to Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know | CDC

Q. Do I need a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine?

A.If you are 5 months out from a mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or 2 months from J&J, now is the time to get your first booster shot, and in some cases your second booster, to help prevent breakthrough infections of COVID-19. Booster shots can increase protection against COVID-19 to up to 95%.

  • We strongly recommend an mRNA booster for those who received a J&J vaccine. Please speak with your doctor or a pharmacist about what is best. Boosters are widely available in the community.

For the latest news about boosters, please visit: Who Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot? | CDC. You can also visit the LA County Vaccination site for booster information and information.

There are now many options to receive the vaccine in Pasadena and throughout Los Angeles County. If you need a vaccine, please visit the site to find a location near you.

Q. Should I be using a specific mask during the rapid spread of the Omicron variant?

A. Yes, Public Health recommends everyone upgrade to a medical-grade mask that does a better job of blocking virus particles. Respirators, which include N95, KN95, and KF94 are the most effective. Learn more about the effectiveness of different masks here.

No matter what kind of mask you wear, check the fit and eliminate gaps above the nose or on the sides. Gaps significantly reduce the effectiveness of any mask.

Despite the decrease in cases, we still recommend masks, especially for the immuno-compromised and in large crowds or places where you don’t know the vaccination status of others.

Q. Is COVID-19 dangerous for kids? Is there a risk for my child to develop long-COVID-19?

A. Children are contracting COVID-19 at a rising pace due to the contagious Omicron variant. In general, children do not become as ill as adults with COVID-19 but rising cases of symptomatic and hospitalized children across the country suggest the Omicron variant is playing a role in serious pediatric cases. CDC now recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible.

Q. Does the COVID-19 affect fertility in women?

A. No, the COVID-19 vaccine does not affect fertility. The COVID-19 vaccine will not affect the fertility of women who are seeking to become pregnant, including through in vitro fertilization methods. Contracting COVID-19, on the other hand, can have potentially serious impact on pregnancy and the mother’s health.  The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology strongly encourages pregnant women to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves and their baby.

Q. Should pregnant women receive the vaccine?

A. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology strongly encourages pregnant women to be vaccinated against COVID -19 to protect themselves and their baby. The antibodies mothers develop in response to these vaccines not only protect them but also cross the placenta and help protect their babies from serious diseases early in life. Vaccinating during pregnancy also helps protect a mother from getting a serious disease and then giving it to her newborn.

Q. If I’ve already had COVID-19, why do I need a vaccine?

A. Although having COVID-19 may produce protective antibodies, the duration and strength of protection from natural immunity begin to fade after 3-6 months.  This is why reinfection rates are much higher in those unvaccinated individuals who have had COVID versus vaccinated individuals. Data is emerging from solid studies that vaccine-induced immunity is longer lasting and more robust.  That is why CDC recommends proceeding with full vaccination even if you’ve had COVID-19.

Q. Researchers developed the COVID-19 vaccine quickly. How can it be effective and safe?

A. Studies found that the two initial vaccines are effective with no serious or life-threatening side effects. There are many reasons why the COVID-19 vaccines were able to be developed so quickly. Here are just a few:

  • The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna utilize mRNA technology which was developed over 25 years ago. This technology has been studied with other viral diseases.  The enormous number of cases of COVID during this global pandemic have allowed the more rapid evaluation of safety and efficacy of this technology.
  • China isolated and shared genetic information about COVID-19 promptly, so scientists could start working on vaccines.
  • The vaccine developers didn’t skip any testing steps, but rather conducted some of the steps on an overlapping schedule to gather data faster.
  • Vaccine projects had plenty of resources, as governments invested in research and/or paid for vaccines in advance.
  • Some types of COVID-19 vaccines were created using messenger RNA (mRNA), which allows a faster approach than the traditional way that vaccines are made.
  • Social media helped companies find and engage study volunteers, and many were willing to help with COVID-19 vaccine research.
  • Because COVID-19 is so contagious and widespread, it did not take long to see if the vaccine worked for the study volunteers who received the vaccine.

Q. Does getting the COVID-19 vaccine give you COVID-19?

A. The vaccine will not give you COVID-19. The two authorized mRNA vaccines instruct your cells to reproduce a protein that is part of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which helps your body recognize and fight the virus. The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the SARS-Co-2 virus, so you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The protein that helps your immune system recognize and fight the virus does not cause infection of any sort.

Q. Does the COVID-19 vaccine change your DNA?

A. The COVID-19 vaccines are designed to help your body’s immune system fight the coronavirus. The messenger RNA from two of the first types of COVID-19 vaccines does enter cells, but not the nucleus of the cells where DNA resides. The mRNA does its job to cause the cell to make protein to stimulate the immune system, and then it quickly breaks down — without affecting your DNA.

Q. The COVID-19 vaccine is brand new. Should we wait to see if it really works?

A. The mRNA technology behind the new coronavirus vaccines has been in development for almost two decades. Vaccine makers created the technology to help them respond quickly to a new pandemic illness, such as COVID-19.

To prevent serious illness and hospitalizations, it’s important to get the vaccine. Due to the Delta variant, most patients currently hospitalized are unvaccinated. The vaccine has proven to work and is safe.

Q. I heard the COVID-19 vaccine was developed with/or contains controversial substances. Is this true?

A. The first two COVID-19 vaccines to be authorized by the FDA contain mRNA and other, normal vaccine ingredients, such as fats (which protect the mRNA), salts, as well as a small amount of sugar. These COVID-19 vaccines were not developed using fetal tissue, and they do not contain any material, such as implants, microchips, or tracking devices.

Q. Why should I get the vaccine?

A. SARSCOV2 is a very dangerous and infectious virus that can cause serious illness, hospitalization, and death.  We have all seen the effects of this global pandemic and are now experiencing even more disease due to the emergence of the Omicron variant and a large number of unvaccinated individuals in our country.  More than 5.7 BILLION doses of COVID vaccines have been given worldwide. They have proven to be very safe and very effective at preventing serious disease, hospitalization and death. To control this virus and finally move on from this pandemic we will have to vaccinate as many people as we can throughout the world.  High vaccination rates protect you, your family and your community and are the most important and safest tool we have in conquering this terrible disease.

Q. If I have had COVID-19 should I get the vaccine?

A. Yes. Even if you suspect or know that you had COVID-19, it is still recommended that you get vaccinated.

People who test positive for COVID-19 may have partial protection, be we don’t know how long that protection lasts or how effective it is.

In addition to protecting yourself, getting vaccinated will help decrease the spread of COVID-19. It can protect people around you, particularly people who are at greater risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 because of their age, health issues or other factors. Vaccination also prevents new variants from developing.

Q. I’ve heard a lot of different things about the vaccine, how do I know what to believe?

A. There is a lot of information about vaccines in the news right now, and some of it is not based in science. We encourage you to read the articles included in our Resources section at the end of this page from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other trusted institutions.

What to Expect from the COVID-19 Vaccine

Q. Are there any side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?

A. Yes, some people do experience side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. Most side effects reported were mild to moderate and resolved within 24 hours. Side effects included pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. More people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose.

Q. How long will it take for the vaccine to begin protecting me?

A. It normally takes about two to three weeks to start getting some protection, and about six weeks for full protection. Important: even after you have received both doses of the current vaccines, you must give your body time (2-6 weeks) to have the full benefit of vaccination.

Q. Do I need to get a second vaccination, if I’ve already had the first shot?

Yes. In order to be effective, the current mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) require two doses. Please be careful about scheduling your second dose on time, even if the system for doing so is hard to use. The second dose is critical for your protection.  The Johnson and Johnson vaccine remains a one-dose schedule at this time. The CDC has recently recommended the mRNA vaccines over the J & J vaccine as being more effective protection against COVID-19.

After you have received both doses of the mRNA vaccines, you must give your body time (2-6 weeks) to have the full benefit of vaccination. Followed by a booster shot months later.

Download our Huntington Hospital info sheet about the importance of the second vaccine dose.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit:

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Huntington Hospital

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Mayo Clinic