Testing Site Says It Uncovered the First LA Flurona Case – NBC Los Angeles

A COVID testing site claims to have detected the first case of flurona, a combination of influenza and coronavirus, in Los Angeles County.

A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Getty Center’s testing site. Los Angeles County Health Department officials have not yet commented on the reported case.

The case was discovered four days ago when a child tested positive for influenza and coronavirus after returning from a trip to Mexico, the testing company said.

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

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

According to the country, there were 2,240 COVID-positive patients in the county hospitals as of Tuesday, an increase from 1,994 on Monday. Of these patients, 303 were treated in the intensive care unit, an increase from 278 the day before.

The number of hospital admissions is the highest since last February amid another winter COVID surge. Due to rising patient numbers, the county’s health ministry on Monday urged residents not to visit hospital emergency rooms unless they urgently need emergency care.

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