An ominous sign? COVID-19 hospitalizations soar in parts of California as winter break approaches – Community News
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An ominous sign? COVID-19 hospitalizations soar in parts of California as winter break approaches

The number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 has risen significantly in the Inland Empire and Central Valley, raising new concerns about whether the shift foreshadows a larger peak in COVID-19 in California as the winter break approaches.

Statewide, both cases and hospitalizations plateaued after months of decline. Hospital admissions have remained fairly stable in some areas with relatively high vaccination rates, including the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County.

But in some areas with lower vaccination coverage, such as Riverside, San Bernardino and Fresno counties, conditions are worsening, with hospital admissions rising by more than 20% in recent weeks. And even in some places with relatively high vaccination rates, COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise; in Orange County, hospitalizations for COVID-19 have increased by 16% since Halloween.

Health officials have warned of a possible new surge in COVID-19 in California, as seniors who received their injections — and did not receive a booster shot — last winter could see their immunity wane, exposing them to a greater risk of infection and hospitalization, and as people gather more indoors as the weather cools and the holidays approach.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.