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In California, COVID Has Increased Yet Again- Expert Opinions on New Variations and Mask Needs

As 2022 draws to an end, coronavirus transmission rates in California seem to be growing once more after a small fall in mid-December, with a critical indicator reaching its highest position in more than 4 months, according to state health data.

The state-wide case rate for COVID-19 was 16.9 per 100,000, according to a weekly update released by the California Department of Public Health on Thursday.

The testing volume also dramatically decreased, most likely as a result of the winter holidays, even if it represents a 12% decrease from one week earlier.

As a result, the state of California experienced its highest test positivity rate until August 10 with a surge to 11.9% from 10.5% one week before.

Hospitalization rates for COVID-19, which typically follow case increases by around two weeks, barely increased last week. As of Thursday’s update, the CDPH recorded 4,561 virus-positive individuals in California hospital beds, an increase of 1% over the previous week.

During travel and meetings to celebrate Christmas as well as other winter holidays, health officials continue to issue warnings that the transmission of viruses is likely to grow in the upcoming weeks.

Globally, experts are worried about a huge rise happening in China. Health officials in the United States stated on Wednesday that beginning on January 5, passengers flying from China to the United States will need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Authorities from the Sacramento City Unified School District have stated that on all returning from winter break on January 9, students and staff will once again be required to wear indoor masks. However, this is dependent on Sacramento County being identified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having a “high” public level of COVID-19 danger in the previous weekly update, published on January 5.

 

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