COVID-19 cases are rising in Los Angeles County and in majority of California.

After a relatively tranquil summer, the Department of Public Health in Los Angeles County has reported an increase in COVID-19 transmission for the fifth consecutive week.

Hospitalization rates in Los Angeles County increased from approximately 250 per day in mid-July to 422 per day as of August 18.

A daily countywide average of 512 cases was reported, a 35% increase from the previous week.

Despite increased hospitalizations, daily testing rates in Los Angeles County have remained relatively stable, with approximately 5,000 people taking a COVID test per day as of August 15.

As of May 17, nearly 9,000 tests were reported daily throughout the county.

Infection rates are not as high as they were at this time last year, when nearly 1,300 patients were hospitalized every day in Los Angeles County, according to public health officials.

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According to official California state COVID-19 data, new hospital admissions and test positivity rates have increased throughout the Golden State since the end of June.

In May of last year, the seven-day coronavirus positivity rate for the entire state was only 3.4%. As of August 13, this figure had increased to 11.2%.

COVID-19 cases increasing across Los Angeles County, most of California

Experts attribute the rise in favourable cases to the return of summer travellers, the start of the new school year, and the emergence of new COVID strains.

According to health officials, the vast majority of strains currently circulating in Los Angeles County are descended from the Omicron XBB variant.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for Los Angeles County, stated that the number of cases has “doubled” in the last month during a briefing on Thursday afternoon.

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