Los Angeles County daily COVID cases spike to record high

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Los Angeles County daily COVID cases spike to record high

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.

People wait in their cars for a drive-through COVID-19 test site in Los Angeles on Dec. 23, 2021.
People wait in their cars for a drive-through COVID-19 test site in Los Angeles on Dec. 23, 2021.
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Juan Carrillo takes a COVID-19 test at Long Beach City College PCH campus in Long Beach on Monday, December 27, 2021.
Public health officials argue the Omicron variant has hit Los Angeles County hard amid the holidays.
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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.

People wait in line for a free COVID-19 test outside Lincoln Park Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021.
Los Angeles County recorded only 25 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday.
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People line up at a gas station for a free Covid-19 rapid test as California braces for a post-holiday virus surge in the Reseda section of Los Angeles on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021.
Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 positivity rate has ballooned to 17.6 percent.
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People with umbrellas wait in line for a free COVID-19 test outside Lincoln Park Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021.
People wait amid rainy weather for free COVID-19 testing outside the Lincoln Park Recreation Center in Los Angeles, California on Dec. 23, 2021.
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Hospitalizations in the county have also jumped 30 percent, from 770 to 1,069, over the last week, the government data shows.


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Public health officials urged county residents to downsize their New Year’s Eve plans as a result of the surge.

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