LA County Logs More Than 3,000 New COVID Cases as Hospitalizations Near 800

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Los Angeles County’s slide into another winter surge of COVID-19 cases continues Thursday, with health officials reporting more than 3,000 new infections and the number of virus-positive patients in county hospitals climbing to nearly 800 in its latest data.

The seven-day average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus also continued an upward climb, reaching 9.4% as of Wednesday, up from 6.5% a week ago.

According to state figures, there were 794 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals as of Wednesday, up from 727 a day earlier. Of those patients, 101 were being treated in intensive care, up from 88 on Tuesday. County health officials said the COVID patient count has averaged 699 over the past seven days, a 30% increase from the previous week.

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