COVID surge hits Bay Area, strongest rise in California cases

The Bay Area is experiencing the most substantial increase in COVID-19 cases amid the latest surge to hit the state.

Dr. Erica Pan, the state epidemiologist, told doctors
in an online event
this week that the California Department of Public Health is tracking several indicators that point to worsening trends, including the rate of positive tests, hospitalizations and sewage samples from dozens of sewer sheds.

The latter, one of the most reliable forms of surveillance since it does not depend on
individual testsshows a high level of
Driving through Northern California.

“The Bay Area is where we’re seeing the strongest increases,” Pan said. “Some of the levels in these sheds are actually higher than during the omicron peak.”

The daily number of new cases reported statewide rose to 8,669 on Thursday, an increase of 32% from the previous month and 11% from last week, according to
health department data. That translates to about 23 new daily cases per 100,000 residents statewide, while the Bay Area is reporting 30 per 100,000.

New hospital admissions of patients with confirmed COVID-19 statewide increased to 4,508, up 121% from a month ago and up 3% in a week. Hospitalizations are reaching the peak of 4,826 reported during the BA.5 omicron summer wave in July, with 82% of the state’s hospitalizations
hospital beds currently in use.

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