Covid-19 Infections On Rise In Los Angeles And Statewide

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports it has seen a very small uptick in Covid-19 cases.

The department statistics from May 10 to 15, the most recent data available, show an average of 82 to 92 COVID-19 cases per day, an increase from earlier in the spring.

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There were an average of 60 to 80 new cases a day between March 25 and May 9, L.A. County health officials said. The case counts don’t include home tests or infections among people who don’t test.

The statistics show coronavirus concentrations in sewage rising statewide.

The trend comes as the latest family of coronavirus subvariants, collectively nicknamed FLiRT, have made significant gains nationally.

“COVID-19 concentrations in wastewater have suggested increases in several regions across California since early May. Test positivity for COVID-19 has been slowly increasing since May,” the state Department of Public Health said in a statement to The Los Angeles Times on Friday.

“It’s too soon to tell if this very small increase in recent days will become a sustained uptick. These case counts are low, making it difficult at this time to assess real trends,” the L.A. County Department of Public Health said.

Coronavirus levels in L.A. County wastewater remain relatively stable, at 9% of last winter’s peak.

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