Younger adults are driving SoCal’s coronavirus surge

Southern California entered 2022 in the midst of a rapid upswing in coronavirus situations from the Omicron variant, with adults ages 18 to 49 transmitting the virus at a high rate and officials urging the public to curtail holiday weekend gatherings to help slow the surge.

Los Angeles County recorded more than 27,000 new situations on the final day of 2021, far above last winter’s peak average of 16,000 situations a day. Nearly 1 in 4 people who are being tested are positive for a coronavirus infection, officials said.

The daily totals of new coronavirus situations are doubling every two days. On Tuesday, 9,473 situations were reported; Wednesday, 16,510; Thursday, 20,198; and Friday, 27,091. The positive test rate for the most recent seven-day period was 22.4%, double what it was for the week that ended on Christmas, when it was 11.4%.

More than 70% of coronavirus situations in Los Angeles County from Dec. 22 to Dec. 28 were among adults younger than 50. During last winter’s surge, adults in that age range made up 55% of coronavirus situations. Case rates per 100,000 people have increased the fastest in that age group.

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