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California COVID-19 Cases, hospitalizations Surge amid Winter Warnings

Health officials in California notice many people are being infected and hospitalized with COVID-19 has crept up over the last two weeks, an increase that, though slight, may worsen as winter begins and the state contends with the continued spread of the Omicron variant. Even with the recent upticks, both metrics remain well short of the devastating numbers from last winter’s surge, when explosive growth of the coronavirus ravaged the state.

The combination of current conditions and caution surrounding the weeks to come has prompted officials to issue new health restrictions and organizers to cancel, postpone or recalibrate some sports contests and holiday events. The result is a Christmastime that arrives with California not at a standstill seen last year, but at a crossroads where residents aren’t being told what they can’t do but implored to take all possible precautions.

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that to prevent ourselves from getting in trouble over the holidays, we’re asking everyone to take a lot of caution as we gather and celebrate. They also added that if we fail to bring common safety measures right now, we could find ourselves in a dangerous place by the end of the month and into January, which could dramatically impede our recovery journey.

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