CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline reports:

Over the past two weeks, the 7-day average test positivity in L.A. County has grown more than 100%, from 6.5% the Wednesday before last to 14.7% today, public health officials reported. Daily case numbers have fluctuated, with 3,077 new infections reported last Wednesday and 2,370 today. Either way, county officials say, those numbers are an undercount given the underreporting of at-home test results.

Today, the number of Covid-related hospitalizations topped 1,000 for the first time since the end of the summer wave in mid-August. Today’s numbers showed 1,040 such patients, marking a 56% increase in the past two weeks. Official data indicates 122 of those patients are being treated in intensive care, an increase from 96 ICU patients on Thursday. The all-pandemic high came on January 7, 2021 with 7,966.

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