Daily COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County have nearly doubled in the past week with over 16,000 infections reported Wednesday, health officials said.
Cases jumped 91 percent in that time span from 8,633 to 16,510, with an increase in positivity rate from 8.7 percent to 17.6 percent, according to the LA County Department of Public Health.
Twenty-five new deaths were reported in the county on Wednesday.
Officials said the new case tally is one the highest daily counts of the pandemic – and blamed the rise on the surge in Omicron cases.
Hospitalizations in the county have also jumped 30 percent, from 770 to 1,069, over the last week, the government data shows.
Public health officials urged county residents to downsize their New Year’s Eve plans as a result of the surge.