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Orange County Moves to ‘High’ Level of COVID-19 Transmission as Cases and Hospitalizations Rise

Orange County Moves to ‘High’ Level of COVID-19 Transmission as Cases and Hospitalizations Rise

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SANTA ANA, CA. (KABC) — Orange County has climbed back to the “high” level of transmission of COVID-19 amid an increase in cases and hospitalizations.

Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kuong, the county’s chief health officer, said the jump to a higher level of community transmission was expected as more people socialize and gather for the holidays.

She suggests getting tested for COVID before going to a family event or party.

“Consider getting tested before you go to a holiday gathering because you could actually have COVID, and if you do, then you’ll have to stay home,” Chinsio-Quong said.

She says if you think you’ve been exposed to the virus, you should get tested more than once before celebrating the holidays.

COVID cases are expected to spike in the first week of January.

Orange County Health Agency officials also encouraged residents to educate themselves about flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. Officials specifically encouraged vaccinated residents to get the new bivalent booster, which is designed to fight the omicron variant.

Health officials also advise the public to wash their hands frequently and wear a mask in crowded places to stay safe.

Chinsio-Quong says other diseases are also straining resources.

“Hospitals are still affected by influenza and RSV,” Chinsio-Quong said. “Even though we’re seeing a drop in RSV rates, the children who still come into the hospital and even some of the adults who go into the hospital still have severe symptoms.”

City News Service contributed to this report.

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