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LA County confirms more than 28,000 COVID deaths; reports highest number of daily new deaths since April 2021

KCBS, Jan. 15, 2022

January 15, 2022

LA County confirms more than 28,000 COVID deaths; reports highest number of daily new deaths since April 2021

Dr. Jose Mayorga, Executive Director of the University of California, Irvine Health Family Centers spoke with CBS reporters on Saturday, disclosing that, “one person who gets Omicron right now, is easily infecting two. The rate of that speed is so fast, the individual is very contagious two days before the onset of symptoms.” He clarified that while higher testing numbers are a result of the rapid increase in higher positive case numbers, the wild speed of the spread is still concerning. He continued to state that nearly 63% of the people who come to get tested at one of the testing sites his clinic provides, specifically the drive-thru facility, test positive.