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Testing Site Says It Detected First Flurona Case in LA County

A COVID testing site says it has detected the first case of flurona, a combination of influenza and coronavirus, in Los Angeles County.

A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Getty Center testing site. Los Angeles County Public Health Department officials have yet to comment on the reported case. 

The case was detected five days ago, according to the testing company. 

“It was a family visiting from Mexico, from Cabo San Lucas,” said Steve Farzam, CEO of 911 COVID Testing. “Some very mild symptoms, almost could be easily confused with sinusitis.”

The number of COVID-19-positive patients in Los Angeles County surged well above the 2,000 mark Tuesday amid a spike in infections that has seen daily case numbers skyrocket over the past two weeks.

According to state figures, there were 2,240 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals as of Tuesday, a jump from 1,994 on Monday. Of those patients, 303 were being treated in intensive care, an increase from 278 a day earlier.

The hospitalization number is the highest it has been since last February in the midst of another winter COVID surge. Due to rising patient numbers, the county Department of Public Health on Monday urged residents to avoid visiting hospital emergency rooms unless they urgently need emergency care.

Source: NBC Los Angeles

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