4 SoCal counties behind state’s dangerous increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations

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Four counties in the southern suburbs of California are among the main culprits for a dangerous increase in coronavirus hospitalizations in California, according to an analysis of Los Angeles Times data. All four counties have seen a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 hospital patients in recent weeks.

Increases in Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties contributed to an overall surge in statewide hospitalizations that began after Memorial Day, just as authorities quickly reopened the economy.

The causes of the spikes aren’t fully known, but some health officials blame social gatherings. A barbecue at a mobile home park in Oxnard recently resulted in 19 people testing positive for the virus, and authorities are now monitoring 40 more people who are close contacts of those infected.

Ventura County health officials have urged residents to take advantage of the reopened restaurants, which are governed by strict safety and social distancing rules, rather than having parties and other private events.

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