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COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals tops 4,000 • Long Beach Post News

COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals tops 4,000 • Long Beach Post News

County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday the rise in COVID patients is pushing the county’s overall hospital patient population to levels rivaling those during last winter’s case surge.“And while it’s reassuring that much of the scientific evidence to date suggests that omicron causes milder illness for many people, particularly those vaccinated and boosted, we still have no idea what percent of those recently infected with omicron will experience long COVID, or the likelihood of children infected with Omicron developing MIS-C after their initial infection,” Ferrer said, referring to the inflammatory syndrome that occurs in some children.“While we have tools that help, there is growing frustration over the seemingly endless changes in guidance, the short supply of tests and the reality that those vaccinated and boosted may also become infected,” Ferrer said.The county also continued seeing disturbingly high numbers of new infections, with 45,076 new cases reported Thursday.

Long Beach on Wednesday reported 1,700 new cases and no additional deaths.The number of COVID-positive patients in LosAngeles County hospitals topped the 4,000 mark on Thursday as the highly contagious omicron variant continued to fuel a winter surge in infections.

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