During a time when mask-wearing and business closures have become emblematic of the pandemic, California’s daily COVID-19 cases per capita are surpassing other states.
As of press time, the state has had an average of 95.7 daily cases per 100,000 residents in the last week, placing California as the nation’s second-highest number of cases in that criteria, with Tennessee as the first, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID Data Tracker.
Since Saturday, the number of deaths related to COVID-19 in California has increased by 1% as of press time, according to the state government’s website. The number of cases and total tests grew by 2.4% and 1.2% from the day prior, respectively.
More locally, the city of Berkeley reported 649 new cases in the last 30 days, and the average daily new cases over the last 7 days is 22 as of press time, according to the Berkeley COVID-19 dashboard.
As of Tuesday, Berkeley’s seven-day average positive test rate is 1.77%, which represents a decrease of less than 1% from the previous week. On a larger scale, Alameda County reported a 7.2% positivity rate as of Tuesday.
With hospitals being filled to the brim, California is currently reporting 20,059 COVID-19 hospitalized patients, marking a 1.3% increase from the previous day, according to the state government’s website. As of Saturday, 1,475 intensive care unit, or ICU, beds are available, which is 83 more than the day prior.
In Alameda County, the number of ICU and non-ICU confirmed COVID-19 patients has been soaring since November, with 279 non-ICU and 124 ICU patients as of Wednesday.
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