COVID-19 cases are on the rise! Stay safe this summer

COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Stay safe this summer by getting vaccinated, getting boosted, and wearing a mask in crowded places.

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.


COVID-19 and flu vaccines are available and recommended to prevent severe illness.
The majority haven’t received the updated COVID-19 booster shot. Only 21% of Californians are up-to-date with the COVID-19 vaccination, while 73% have completed the primary vaccination.
The booster includes protection against both original and Omicron subvariants (especially BA.5).
Vaccination frequency may align with flu shots, requiring annual updates.


Recently FDA-approved antiviral drug for COVID-19 treatment.
Higher-risk individuals can discuss obtaining Paxlovid before overseas trips.
Preemptive conversations with healthcare providers are important to assess drug interactions.
Paxlovid significantly reduces hospitalization and death rates from COVID-19.

Additional safety tips:

  • Stay home and cancel events if you feel unwell.
  • Outdoors have a lower viral transmission risk.
  • Opt for outdoor food and drink offerings at gatherings.
  • Improve ventilation by opening doors, windows, or using air purifiers.
  • Avoid sick individuals and get tested when experiencing symptoms.
  • Carry a mask for situations with potential exposure.
  • Emphasize good health habits: adequate sleep, physical activity, nutritious food, proper hydration, and stress management.

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.


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