Ventura County COVID-19 rise climbs, hospitalizations stay low

Updated COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be available later this month. In this 2022 picture, nurse Rebecca Rule helps Tessa Chu after she received a booster shot.

If the ongoing COVID-19 rise hasn’t yet climbed to the summit of previous surges, it has reached high enough to trigger attention and at least a little anxiety.

Call it surge-like. Here’s what we know about transmission levels, outbreaks and the coming booster shots.

What do the numbers show?

The data reinforces what people across California are discovering via home test kits. Risks are up.

An average of 18% of Ventura County residents who received PCR tests over seven days came up positive, according to California Department of Public Health metrics released Friday. The metric stood at 17% a week ago and 5% on July 1.

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