Los Angeles Times: Growing signs Omicron is leveling off in California
Despite increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, it appears the Omicron surge is beginning to slow down in California. Cases throughout the state are down compared to the averages from last week. Los Angeles county has gone from averaging 42,000 cases a day last week to 38,000 cases a day now. The Bay Area has shown similar trends, averaging 22,000 cases per day last week and now is at about 19,000 cases per day. The state has also seen a decrease in the positive COVID-19 test rate, from Jan. 3 to Jan.10 the positive test rate was 23.1%. For the next seven-day period the percentage fell off to 21.5%. Though hospitalizations are still on the rise, the rate of the increase has decreased. The growth in hospitalizations from Dec. 28 to Jan. 11 was 61%, this rate fell to 23% from Jan. 12 to Jan. 18. The full article by Rong-Gong Lin II and Luke Money can be read here on the Los Angeles Times.