New COVID-19 cases plummet in California

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

California reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 17,739 new cases. That's down 24.8% from the previous week's toll of 23,598 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

California ranked 48th 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 472,154 reported cases of coronavirus, a decrease of 3.4% from the week before. Across the country, 21 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many states did not report cases on Easter. Delayed reporting from the holiday will make some state-to-state comparisons inaccurate, and also some in-state week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.

Across California, cases fell in 27 counties, with the best declines in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange counties.

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California ranked 9th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 43.2% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 39.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.

In the week ending Sunday, California reported administering another 3,337,845 vaccine doses, compared to 2,791,743 the week before that. In all, California reported it has administered 26,092,008 doses.

Within California, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Tehama, Del Norte and Sierra counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 3,201 cases; San Diego County, with 1,674 cases; and San Bernardino County, with 1,141. Weekly case counts rose in 29 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Santa Cruz, Solano and Ventura counties.

In California, 586 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 732 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,718,210 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 61,038 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 31,670,031 people have tested positive and 567,217 people have died.

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The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.

Passaic, New Jersey, firefighter Israel Tolentino Jr. died of COVID-19 last year. A memorial procession to honor Tolentino is held on the one-year anniversary of his death March 31, 2021 in Passaic. A family watches from their second floor as the procession goes by.