Sunday, January 29, 2023

Lake County Public Health Officer Warns of Potential COVID-19 Spike as Cases Rise Globally

The following is a press release issued by Lake County Public Health:

Statewide and locally, public health professionals are closely watching this disease and doing their best to preserve the health and wellbeing of our communities. At this time, it is important to keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing and is still changing from week to week, as new variants develop and more information is learned.

Currently, Lake County Health Services is promoting awareness and access to potentially life-saving treatments for COVID-19 infections for residents who are at highest risk for severe outcomes. While vaccination continues to provide the best protection against COVID- 19, ensuring access to therapeutics to treat the virus can reduce the chance of severe illness, hospitalization, or death, when taken soon after the onset of symptoms.

Globally, we are seeing an increase in cases as recently discovered variants spread, including the BA.4 and BA.5 variants. Once again, we are seeing concerning information coming out of South Africa where they are experiencing a 173% increase in cases and 20% of all COVID-19 tests administered are coming back positive. Sadly, hospitalizations have increased by 63% there. However, the number of those being hospitalized with severe illness remains much lower compared to previous surges, as do death rates.

In the United States, we are witnessing a 49% increase in cases mostly from the BA.2.12.1 variant. The newer variants of Omicron (i.e., BA.4 and BA.5) are active in the U.S, but at lower levels. This will likely change in the next few weeks. The Northeastern region of the nation continues to have the highest numbers of new cases and Puerto Rico has shown a 271% increase in cases over the last 2 weeks. Of concern in Puerto Rico is the increase in hospitalizations, which are up 120%.

Here in California, we are experiencing 4,302 new cases and 14 deaths per day. 3.1% of all COVID-19 tests administered have tested positive. Case counts are slowly increasing, along with hospitalizations and death rates. However, this is not nearly as severe as previous surges such as the Delta variant.

In Lake County, COVID-19 cases are increasing slightly. Last week, 2 deaths from COVID-19 were recorded, bringing the total to 137. There is no significant increase in hospitalizations and there have been 10 new cases since last week. 2.7% of all COVID-19 tests administered are coming back positive.

As case rates rise nationally, oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 are also increasingly available in Lake County by prescription from a health care provider. Medications can reduce the chance of severe illness, hospitalization, or death when taken soon after symptom onset. An oral five-day course of Paxlovid, for example, has been shown to reduce hospitalization risk by 89% in higher-risk individuals when initiated within five days of symptom onset.

Lake County Health Services recommends that residents who are at higher risk for serious outcomes should have home test kits available and test promptly for any COVID-19 symptoms and if positive, reach out to their medical provider to discuss a possible prescription for oral antiviral medication. Medical providers across the county are equipped to review with patients whether treatment is indicated and prescribe medication in one of several Lake County pharmacies that carry COVID-19 treatments. Both testing and treatment are time-sensitive to be fully effective.

For additional information about COVID-19, please visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): ncov/index.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Assessing Risk Factors for Severe COVID-19 Illness:…/invest…/assessing-risk-factors.html

County of Lake Health Services’ COVID-19 Resources:


Erik McLaughlin, MD, MPH



  1. Just as long as they don’t drag the rest of us into all this. Some of us can take care of ourselves without gov intervention. The protocols are unwanted.

  2. At this point it has become evident that covid is not leaving us. Life will continue and people will get covid, some will get very sick and others won’t. Life on life’s terms.

  3. Maybe once guns are illegal they can just weld the doors and windows to your houses closed during the next pandemic just like in China.

    Nancy and Joe can’t wait for that day, they shiver with anticipation at the power.

    Hopefully once locked in food packages will appear faster than they did in China or you’re on the Biden Diet plan for sure!

  4. The increase in “Covid” cases is not from that fraud. The hospitals are filling up with the vaxx injured. All manner of adverse reactions mainstream news is maintaining a silence. The vaxx has killed and injured massive numbers of Americans. The more jabs the more immuno suppressed are the recipient of the experiment. I cannot believe anyone at this juncture, with so much hard science proving the danger, would consider any more jabs. Is anyone so dumb as to take boosters? Get ready for the next wave of deliberate man-created disease, Monkeypox. By the way, the “Covid” jab can cause shingles, and that can look much like Monkeypox. Another vaxx for profit rollout. Another experiment. The inoculation will be a smallpox vaccine. It can shed. Its a live virus concoction. Lake County is as big a public health fraud as is Mendocino County. Link:

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