“Significant increase” in coronavirus spread in California

According to the San Francisco Bay Area’s official health service, the coronavirus situation is deteriorating and the number of hospitalizations is increasing.

“We are also seeing a significant increase in reports of epidemics in schools, workplaces and other gathering places,” he said. Sarah Cody, Santa Clara County Public Health Director and Health Officer, told a news conference Tuesday. “Many of them are related to public gatherings. Spring has come – school is over, people are gathering and COVID is spreading. ”

Particular care should be taken, as it is becoming clear that the latest Omicron subvariants in circulation may re-infect people who survived the first strains of the Omicron variant in December or January. According to experts, the first Omicron subvariant BA.1 provided immunity against the newer BA.2 subvariant.

However, according to some experts, survival from BA.1 does not make BA.2.12.1, which is more contagious than BA.2, more likely to prevent infection with a new subvarian.

“Even if you had an Omicron during the Omicron uprising, unfortunately, you can still get COVID,” Cody said.

He urged unvaccinated people to be vaccinated, to be on high alert if possible, to wear masks indoors, to be screened if they think they are sick or ill, and to gather outside, or to open windows or otherwise ventilate if they are indoors. .

The Bay Area has the highest level of coronavirus in California, which is twice as high as in Southern California. Trends here, as in previous pandemics, could send an early warning to other parts of the state.

“What we’re seeing now is similar to what we saw in mid-February, and it’s more than what we saw at the height of the Delta wave last summer,” Cody said. “We’re starting to see the first signs that this could lead to an increase in hospitalizations.”

In Santa Clara County, home of Silicon Valley, the number of coronavirus cases has tripled in the past month, from 80 cases per 100,000 residents to 227 cases per 100,000 residents per week. This exceeds 203 cases per week for every 100,000 residents of the Delta Uprising last summer.

A score of 100 or more is the worst category defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

California has seen an increase in coronavirus cases in the past week to about 8,000 cases per day, up 18% from the previous week’s average of 6,800 cases. This is the highest figure since late February as California was emerging from the first Omicron wave, but unlike Santa Clara County, the state did not surpass Delta Peak last summer. Per capita, California recorded 144 cases per week per 100,000 residents as of Monday.

The performance of the Bay Area was well above the overall staffing level. For every 100,000 residents in the Bay Area, 226 cases of coronavirus were reported each week, which is 14% more than the previous week.

Over the past week, hospital admissions across the state, which had a positive effect on the coronavirus, increased by 10%, from 1,093 to 1,203. In Santa Clara County, the trend of hospitalizations that have had a positive effect on the coronavirus has been on the rise in recent days, and has risen 7% in the past week, from 103 to 110.

Cody urged residents to be careful to avoid infection.

“Despite the fact that these new options are spreading so fast and infection prevention is becoming increasingly difficult, it is still important to prevent infection. Because if you’re sick, you miss your job, you miss school, you might discover someone else who doesn’t work well with COVID, ”Cody said.

“If you get COVID, there is a risk of prolonged COVID that you don’t really want to get,” Cody said. “So even though it’s hard, I still want to emphasize that it’s still a good idea to try to prevent it in the first place.”

The number of people infected with the coronavirus in Los Angeles County is also on the rise.

LA County reported an average of 2,554 coronavirus cases per day last week, up 24% from 2,054 the previous week, according to data released Tuesday. The incidence rate in LA County was 177 cases per week per 100,000 residents.

About 210 to 270 LA County hospitalizations have been hospitalized in the past month.

“To date, the increase in the number of cases has not led to an increase in serious illnesses, and hospitalizations and deaths remain low and declining,” the LA County Department of Public Health said in a statement Monday. “The lower number of hospitalizations and deaths is largely due to the protection of vaccines from variants.”

LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, however, warned residents to take precautions because of the high rate of coronavirus infection.

“This month will have many opportunities for gatherings such as graduation parties, graduation parties and the upcoming Memorial Day celebrations,” Ferrer said in a statement.

“To prevent such cases from increasing the range of Omicron options, we urge you to take reasonable steps to protect you and those around you, including staying outdoors as much as possible and wearing a mask at home,” Ferrer said.

According to Ferrer, it is wise to take rapid coronavirus tests before assembly, “given the large number of asymptomatic people infected.”

“Most importantly, older people and people with poor health need to be able to provide maximum protection against these highly contagious, mutated anxiety options,” Ferrer added.

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