COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise in California

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in California are quickly going up. The state reported just over 3,600 hospitalizations. That's up 268% from June 15, when the state eased many of its remaining pandemic restrictions.

In Los Angeles County, hospitalizations have jumped 371% since that date. It is likely hospitalizations will top 1,000 tomorrow. Hospitalizations have not been that high in months.

Officials say unvaccinated people account for the "vast majority" of new cases. Director of L.A. Public Health Barbarra Ferrer said workplaces are the site for many of the recent outbreaks among the unvaccinated.

“Unvaccinated employees interacting with other workers or the public, are at elevated risk for COVID infection that can then spread easily from worksite to family members and to community residents,” she said.

Since L.A. County reinstituted its order that masks be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status on July 17, public health inspectors have been visiting businesses to ensure they are "following safety protocols and masking guidelines."

Meanwhile, the percentage of people testing positive continues to climb. The state's average test positivity rate is nearly nine times higher now than it was on June 15.