New COVID-19 cases plummet in California; state has slowest rate of spread in nation
California reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 10,600 new cases. That's down nearly 20% from the previous week's tally of 13,200 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
California ranked 50th 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, coronavirus cases in the United States decreased roughly 19% from the week before, with 232,421 cases reported.
With about 12% of the country's population, California had roughly 5% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the U.S., four states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
In California, cases fell in 36 counties, with the best declines in Sacramento, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.
Riverside County reported 729 cases and seven deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 614 cases and seven deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 299,793 cases and 4,594 deaths.
California ranked 12th among states in share of people receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccine, with about 53% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is about 47%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the U.S., require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Sunday, California reported administering more than 2 million vaccine doses, including 710,393 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 1,924,649 vaccine doses, including 691,885 first doses.
In all, California reported it has administered 35,114,882 total doses.
Within California, the worst weekly COVID-19 outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Siskiyou, Del Norte and Humboldt counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 1,760 cases; San Diego County, with 1,149 cases; and Sacramento County, with 750. Weekly case counts rose in 21 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Tulare, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
In California, 376 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 375 people were reported dead.
A total of 3,768,737 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 62,690 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 32,940,778 people have tested positive and 585,970 people have died.
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