New COVID-19 cases plummet in California
California reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 35,068 new cases. That's down 23.8% from the previous week's toll of 46,005 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
California ranked 43rd among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 471,554 reported cases of coronavirus, a decrease of 3.7% from the week before. Across the country, 29 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Across California, cases fell in 49 counties, with the best declines in Los Angeles, San Diego and Kern counties.
The share of California test results that came back positive was 2.4% in the latest week, compared with 3.1% in the week before, a USA TODAY Network analysis of COVID Tracking Project data shows. In the latest week, 1,425,758 tests were administered; a week earlier, that figure was 1,340,131. Experts say it is important to look at the share of tests that come back positive, not just case counts, to get a better idea of whether the rate of new infections is changing or if differences in testing are playing a role.
The World Health Organization says places should be conducting enough tests to have fewer than 5% coming back positive. Places where the percentage is higher could struggle to complete contact tracing soon enough to prevent spread of the virus.
Within California, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Inyo, Trinity and Stanislaus counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 11,418 cases; San Diego County, with 3,061 cases; and San Bernardino County, with 1,968. Weekly case counts rose in eight counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Humboldt, Napa and Glenn counties.
In California, 2,813 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 2,288 people were reported dead.
A total of 3,566,914 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 52,158 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 28,605,669 people have tested positive and 513,091 people have died.