After the severe winter tide in California put the state back into some of the strictest pandemic lockdowns, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California continued to decline. At the same time, after one of the slowest vaccination campaigns in the country, the state has received nearly 7 million doses of vaccine.
According to data tracked by the news agency, last Friday, California counties reported 7,621 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s seven-day average new cases to 7,081. This is the lowest average since the beginning of winter on November 12. Since the beginning of this year, the average daily number of new cases has dropped by 82%.
Los Angeles County is the state’s worst-hit province, with 2,432 new cases reported, followed by San Diego County with 81
Statewide, the number of hospitalized patients with confirmed COVID-19 cases dropped by 4.9% from the previous day to 7,514. This is down from the peak of nearly 22,000 hospitalized patients in early January. The number of patients with confirmed cases in intensive care beds fell by 5.7% to 2,207 on Thursday. At the beginning of January, there were nearly 5,000 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
These positive trends have emerged as the number of vaccinated California continues to increase. As of Thursday, the state has received 6,929,954 doses of vaccine, accounting for 78.5% of the total number of vaccinations. Latino residents account for 60% of cases and 39% of the population, and have received 16% of the vaccine dose.
Although the overall number has increased, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the state remains high. Last Friday, California counties reported 479 COVID-19 deaths, and the state’s seven-day average number of deaths was 340. Mortality trends often lag behind cases and hospitalizations. Since the average daily death toll reached a peak of 566 on January 27, the death toll has been declining. During the state’s summer boom, California’s seven-day average of deaths peaked at 145.
In the Bay Area, Santa Clara County has reported 207 new cases and 17 deaths, for a total of 108,462 cases and 1,725 deaths. Alameda County reported 205 cases and 45 deaths, totaling 79,297 cases and 1,171 deaths.
Contra Costa County reported 150 cases and 11 deaths, for a total of 61,284 cases and 643 deaths. San Francisco reported 90 cases and 11 deaths, for a total of 33,397 cases and 387 deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, San Mateo County has reported 88 cases and 16 deaths, for a total of 38,124 cases and 497 deaths.