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Reports of the end of the pandemic may have been premature. Los Angeles County officials have now moved into “medium” levels of COVID-19 inflections on Friday and are considering reinstating an indoor mask mandate, including shared office space and manufacturing settings, after COVID 19 cases spiked recently.

As of last week, the county was recording 2,710 cases a day, or 188 cases a week for every 100,000 residents. A case rate of 100 or more is considered high. The autumn low was a weekly rate of 60, set on October 21. Hospitalizations also are up dramatically. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 1,196 new admissions of coronavirus-positive patients for the week that ended last Tuesday, triple the rate from the beginning of November.

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