Kaiser Permanente has canceled plans for frontline medical workers to attend the rose parade, the health organization said on Thursday.
His float, “A Healthier Tomorrow”, will continue to be seen according to a statement.
The health system in its decision cited the recent surge in coronavirus cases in southern California, caused in part by the Omicron variant.
Our statement on the participation of Kaiser Permanente in the #RoseParade 2022 on January 1st:
As a health organization, Kaiser Permanente is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our members, patients, employees, doctors, and the communities we serve.
– Kaiser Permanente (@aboutKP) December 31, 2021
“We must prioritize the health and safety of our frontline medical staff and ensure that we can treat patients during this recent surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant,” the statement said .
Expecting hundreds of thousands of spectators along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, organizers say plans and arrangements have been made for the return of the Rose Parade after the event was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
The Tournament of Roses requires more than 6,000 parade participants, including people on carts, marching bands and riders, to provide proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of the event.
Parade spectators aged 12 and over in ticket areas, including grandstands, must also provide evidence of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours. Ticket holders 18 years and over must provide photo identification and all participants 2 years old and over in these areas must wear a mask.
But the rest of the 8.5 mile route, where people can just go up and watch, don’t check for vaccinations and negative test results.
Kaiser’s announcement comes as Los Angeles County reported one of the highest daily coronavirus case numbers in the pandemic.
The total on Thursday was 20,198 cases. In the past two days, the country’s most populous county has reported nearly 37,000 new cases.
Overall, the average daily coronavirus case number reported in California has more than quadrupled in the past two weeks, but far fewer COVID-19 patients are being hospitalized than in the previous two waves, and health officials seem increasingly optimistic that symptoms are in cases related to the highly transmissible variant of Omicron, it may be less severe than other versions of the coronavirus.