California’s Covid Test Positivity Nearing Record Level & Still Rising Due To BA.5

Last December 15, as in the original omicron wave received critical speed, california reinstalled A statewide indoor mask mandate. State Public Health Officer Tomas Aragono Told The move was to “add a layer of mitigation as the Omicron version, a version of the concern labeled by the World Health Organization, increased spread in California, the United States and around the world and much more easily than the original SARS.” – CoV-2 virus and delta variant.” At that time, the state’s 7-day average test positivity rate was 2.6%.

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Today, the state is surrounded by another type of concern called BA.5thought of a sub lineage that a growth profit At least four times the original Omicron since December. CDC data indicates that, at the end of last week, the BA.5 and sister subvariants were responsible for about 68% of new cases in the BA.4 region, which primarily includes California, Arizona and Nevada. BA.5 accounts for most of those cases and is set to roll out all other forms in the coming weeks.

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California’s current 7-day test positivity rate is 16.7%. This gives the current summer surge the dubious honor of having the second highest rate of test positivity witnessed by the state during the pandemic. It is second only to the peak peak of last winter’s Omicron wave. And it’s still going up.

Since the increased growth rate of BA.5 is largely due to the ability to evade protection provided by previous infection and – in part – to the protection provided by vaccination, the state cannot rely on vaccination in the same way as That’s all he could do with the original Omicron Concussion.

What’s more, the three most concerning metrics for health officials – hospital and ICU beds occupied by infected people covid and the average number of daily covid deaths – is already too far up where they were before Christmas.

director of public health in the state’s most populous county, Los Angeles, said yesterday That he hopes his county will move to the CDC’s “high” level of COVID designation next week as a result of rising numbers. If LA remains in that category for 14 days, the county will re-enact a mask mandate in public places.

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Across the state, 35 of California’s 58 counties have also been designated by the CDC. Some of them have spoken of restoring the masking. Neither is the state.

A bright spot in the field position becomes blurry upon closer inspection.

The cases reported in the last one month, while increasing steadily, have not increased at nearly the rate they did in December. The problem is that reported test results have dropped dramatically since December as more Californians use at-home kits, the results of which are not recorded in official reporting.

Because of that, Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Told Lester Holt on NBC’s night news Last night, “there’s no question in my mind that we’re missing a big part of the transition right now.”

Even with limited test reporting, the number reported in California today – 13,000 new cases – is already 44% higher than the nearly 9,000 cases reported on December 15 of last year. This, coupled with Golden State’s high test positivity and a much more contagious variant, does not bode well.