In summary

Which California counties have the highest rates of coronavirus hospitalization? CalMatters is following confirmed and suspected cases. Some are a surprise.

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CalMatters is tracking — and updating daily — California hospitalizations, by county, of people who have been infected or suspected of being infected with COVID-19.

Winters have proven to be brutal for California hospitals. In January 2022, hospitals saw another wave of admissions ignited by the omicron variant. The mid-January high of COVID-positive hospitalizations surpassed that of last summer’s delta surge — although it didn’t quite reach last winter’s peak. Since then, admissions have once again started to decline.

As hospitals start to emerge from the worst of the omicron wave, the state is scheduled to relax some of its mask rules and soon announce an endemic strategy. NOTE: The California Department of Public Health is no longer updating data daily. Updates will now happen on Tuesdays and Fridays.

CalMatters investigative and data-driven reporting is supported by the Inasmuch Foundation, previously known as the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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John Osborn D'Agostino

John Osborn D’Agostino is an award-winning data journalist, web developer and game designer. Previously, he's worked with The Hechinger Report, EdSource, the East Bay Express, Berkeleyside, and the North...

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Lo Bénichou is a visual journalist at CalMatters. Prior to joining the team, they worked at Mapbox and at a number of media organizations like WIRED, Youth Radio, KQED, NPR. At Mapbox, they supported...