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COVID-19 Rises in Ventura County After Thanksgiving Gatherings

Ventura County’s COVID-19 infection rates are rising again in a climb likely brought on by Thanksgiving rallies, public health officials said Tuesday.

The rate of infections slowed sharply before the holidays but peaked this week, rising to an average of 8.4 cases per day per 100,000 people, according to state health data released Tuesday. The increase means the county’s transmission rate — considered “moderate” just a week ago — has jumped back to “substantial,” as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The infection rate is calculated with a delay of seven days. The timing indicates the spike likely stems from Thanksgiving celebrations, said Rigoberto Vargas, director of the Ventura County Public Health Department. He said unvaccinated people are infected about 20 times faster than vaccinated people.

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