Cases of coronavirus in California are growing rapidly, and infections are doubling in some areas

In January, people line up to be tested for the coronavirus. Los Angeles 4. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Last week, the number of coronavirus cases in California plummeted to unprecedented levels since the onset of winter Omicron, raising concerns about the possibility of a big jump in infections this summer.

Each week, cases of the coronavirus have doubled in large areas of California, including Riverside and Santa Barbara counties, as well as in the Central Valley and Silicon Valley. They increased by about 85% in Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Growth across the country was 63%, reaching 231 per 100,000 inhabitants. 100 and above is the highest transmission speed.

Hospitalization rates have risen in the last four weeks, but remain low. There are no hospitals in California’s two most populous counties, LA County, or the Gulf of San Francisco, and the number of hospitalizations each week that have a positive effect on the coronavirus remains only a fraction of the number seen in New York and other East Coast cities. .

California officials hope the proposals to attract residents to intensify shootings and wear masks and get checked more often will help the state prevent the violent riots that those cities are experiencing.

“The task before us is similar to what we have been doing at other points over the last two years: reducing infection,” said Barbara Ferrer, LA County Public Health Director. “We know what works – masks, testing and vaccinations, as well as systems and policies that support the use of these and other effective security measures.”

Nationwide, the number of coronavirus cases has risen by 50 percent in the past two weeks, and hospitalizations have risen by 30 percent, the doctor said. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert in San Francisco.

The Gulf of San Francisco is currently home to the worst coronavirus outbreak in California. At a Chin-Hong briefing, the region could now be hit hard by new infections because of its “latest super-charged transmissible variant” of measles, which has become one of the most easily contagious diseases for humans. campus staff Friday.

Another factor in the increase in mortality is the relatively large number of people in the Gulf region who have not been infected with the coronavirus so far due to the region’s intensive efforts to contain the virus.

Dr. Robert Cosnik, director of the UC Occupational Health Program in San Francisco, said at a briefing that he expects coronavirus cases to increase in at least the next two weeks.

“I know this is not good news, but the data shows that,” he said.

The latest wave has been so disrupted that the Berkeley public school system has “managed to fill about 50 percent of our teachers with replacement teachers,” the school district said in a statement. This forced administrators to help in the classrooms.

Berkeley schools on Friday issued a new order to students and staff to renew their mask mandates for the rest of the school year, including Monday at the building’s alumni home.

UC San Francisco has launched a universal mask at all major events that require 100 or more attendees.

San Francisco has the highest rate in California in the past week: 460 per 100,000 inhabitants. The Bay Area represents 369 cases per 100,000 in total.

Great Sacramento County 213; San Joaquin Valley, 140; and rural areas of Northern California, 139.

Southern California’s total is 201, Los Angeles County’s is 224; San Diego County, 214; Ventura County, 201; Orange County, 171; Riverside County, 163; and San Bernardino County, 147.

In Los Angeles County, the number of cases increased by 16% in one week; San Diego County grew 33%.

California officials and experts can’t say exactly why the increase in coronavirus cases in the state hasn’t increased the number of hospitalizations, leaving the state in a much better position than the East Coast.

One possibility is that California is behind the East Coast, as in previous points of the pandemic.

However, a combination of shooting speeds and masking practices may also play a role among seniors, and California may expect the spring and summer waves to be less severe than New York.

More than 67% of seniors in LA County and more than 80% of seniors in San Francisco were shot in the butt compared to 58% of seniors in New York.

Elderly people are at higher risk of dying from COVID-19. Most of the elderly who have been vaccinated but are still dying from COVID-19 have not received the relief vaccine, Chin-Hong said.

In some parts of California, the widespread use of masks, especially among the elderly, can control the types of infections that can send people to the hospital.

The LA County and Bay Area local universal home masks have been in place for at least six months since last summer’s Delta wave, while New York City refused to do so last summer and was under state masks orders for two months in the fall and winter.

The length of mask-wearing rules in LA County and the Gulf region could affect more people continuing to wear masks even after the state’s universal mask mandate expires.

More use among vulnerable people can reduce the number of people who need hospitalization, and even if a masked person is infected, the mask reduces the number of viruses entering the body, thereby reducing the severity of the disease.

“Of course, the weather in California is a little better. But now it’s still good in New York, so it’s not a big difference,” Chin-Hong said.

LA County has so far had the lowest rate of coronavirus in the oldest population, and the highest rate in young adults and teens. These trends may change; but this may be an explanation for why hospitals do not see signs of tension at the local level.

Although the level of disease in California has deteriorated dramatically, a later spring wave than New York could be beneficial, as anti-COVID drugs like Paxlovid are now widely available – which was not the case earlier this year – and medical staff and the public. Learn more about getting them.

A five-day course of Paxlovid tablets produced by Pfizer should be taken within a few days after the onset of symptoms. This reduces the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 in non-hospitalized, high-risk adults by 89%.

The incident first appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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