Los Angeles County set another daily record with 45,584 positive COVID-19 tests on Sunday, Jan. 9, continuing a winter surge in transmission driven by the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
On Friday, health officials reported a then-record 43,712 new infections, and on Saturday they said the county had seen more than 200,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past 7 days, the highest number in one week since the beginning of the pandemic.
The record numbers seem driven in part by increased testing. The county’s rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 20.6%, up from 20.4% on Saturday, but down from 22.7% last Monday.
Overall, 10,317,000 individuals have been tested, with 18% of people testing positive to date, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The department also reported an additional 13 deaths associated with the virus Sunday, bringing the county’s cumulative totals to 1,967,443 cases and 27,785 fatalities since the pandemic began.
The deaths may reflect an undercount in weekend reporting.
The number of people getting treatment in hospitals for COVID-19-related conditions continued to skyrocket on Sunday, too, rising by another 164 patients, to 3,364, according to the state’s dashboard.
Of those patients, 435 were in intensive care, an increase of 25. While still well short of the peak hospitalization numbers seen last winter — when more than 8,000 COVID-positive patients filled hospitals —the rising number is nonetheless generating concern amid the weeks-long winter surge socking the county.
Although evidence indicates the swiftly spreading omicron variant delivers symptoms less severe than its predecessors, officials continue to worry that the winter wave of infections could swamp hospital teams. Health care facilities are finding themselves increasingly short-staffed, in part because of COVID infections among health care workers.
Officials are facing overcrowded emergency rooms, in part because people are seeking treatment for COVID-linked symptoms or hoping to get a coronavirus test. Hospital officials urge residents not to seek treatment at ERs unless the condition is severe and to sign up for testing at the myriad clinics around the region.
Amid intensified demand fueled by the booming caseload, long, winding lines and hours-long waits have resulted at many testing centers. In response to the intensified demand fueled by the booming caseload, the latest in a flurry of new testing centers will open Monday.
The Industry Hills Expo Center at 16200 Temple Ave. will be converted into a testing center, operated and staffed by Total Testing Solutions. The site will feature multiple lanes with a capacity of up to 1,000 vehicles.
A new drive-thru COVID-19 testing center in the City of Industry will offer dual COVID-19 PCR and Influenza A & B (flu virus) test results will be offered. The COVID site will conduct testing Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 31.
Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made online at www.TotalTestingSolutions.com.
Long Beach officials announced an expanded drive-thru and walk-up testing site that will open Monday in the former Boeing parking lot near 3590 E. Wardlow Road. That site will have the capacity to test 3,000 …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment
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