Health officials describe winter COVID surge at ‘near crisis level’

“One person who gets Omicron right now is easily infecting two and the rate of that speed is so fast. The individual is very contagious two days before the onset of symptoms,” said Dr. Jose Mayorga, the executive director of the UCI Health Family Health Centers. Dr. Mayorga says an increase in testing is resulting in a rise of positive cases at his centers. “The drive-thru testing sites, we’re at about 63 percent positivity of the people who are coming to get tested,” he said.