The county has seen more than 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days, the highest number in a week since the start of the pandemic.

“As the wave continues, we call on residents and businesses to continue to monitor public health safety measures that we know are reducing the spread and keeping people safe,” the director of County Public Health, Barbara Ferrer. “This includes wearing a medical grade mask which is more protective against the omicron variant and not spending time with other unmasked people. These improved masks can be a surgical mask or an N95 or KN95 breathing mask. “

Long Beach has not reported any new cases in the city’s database since Thursday, January 6. Yet Long Beach and Los Angeles County again set records for new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, with one in four people in Long Beach testing positive for the virus.

The city has reported 1,720 new cases, with a positivity rate of around 24.6%, up from 3% just two weeks ago. The city reported 6,274 cases this week alone, up from 8,309 throughout December.

New daily cases have risen to more than 204 per 100,000 population, shattering the previous record of 170 set on Thursday.

Prior to the current outbreak, the highest positivity rate and daily cases in Long Beach were 17.8% and 141.6, respectively, both set in January 2021. The positivity rate fell below 1% and daily cases to a minimum of one last June. year.

Authorities are urging residents to reconsider their participation in high-risk activities, including indoor activities where individuals are unmasked for long periods of time and crowded outdoor events.

The county’s moving average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 20.4% on Saturday. Overall, more than 10,269,000 people have been tested, with 17% of those testing positive so far, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-positive patients in county hospitals has increased by nearly 300 people in one day, even reaching 3,200, according to the latest state figures.

The number of those patients in intensive care was 411, up from 391 on Friday and 352 on Thursday.

According to local authorities, many of these patients entered the hospital for another reason and only found out they had the coronavirus after a mandatory COVID test.

The county set a one-day record for COVID-19 infections on Friday, reporting 43,712 new cases.

Saturday’s data brought the county’s cumulative totals to 1,921,890 cases and 27,772 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Journalist Brandon Richardson contributed to this story.