There has been a recent increase in COVID-19 cases this summer. Officials are monitoring the situation, but it is too early to say how it will develop. Hospitalizations and deaths are still low compared to previous peaks.
Latest summer uptick:
National: The U.S. saw a 10% rise in new COVID-19 hospital admissions for the week ending July 15. Hospitalizations remain near pandemic lows. The most significant rise in hospitalizations occurred in the South, Great Plains, and Rocky Mountain states. California has fared better.
California: Coronavirus levels are rising in Los Angeles County wastewater. The statewide test positivity rate increased from 4.1% to 7.6% in a month. The COVID-19 test results reported to the California Department of Public Health doubled, indicating more cases or concerns about exposure. COVID-19 hospitalizations in California are no longer decreasing.
Reasons for the case increase:
Behavior: Mask-less vacations and conferences contribute to increased infection risk.
Travel: Summer travel rebounded, with the busiest day recorded by the Transportation Security Administration.
Timing: Most haven’t been exposed to significant virus circulation since last winter due to previous vaccinations or natural immunity.
Additional safety tips:
There is an urgent need for attention and action due to the increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the summer, particularly in locations like the South, the Great Plains, and the Rocky Mountain regions.
To stop the spread of the virus and safeguard public health, it is essential to comprehend the causes of the upswing, stress the value of booster shots and preventive measures, and adopt healthy practices. We can all work together to lessen the effects of COVID-19 on our communities by being informed, adhering to rules, and acting responsibly.