Coronavirus Update: Both Positive Cases and Hospitalization Rates Trend Upward in California

Sacramento—According to the California Department of Public Health, California’s positivity rate – a key indicator of community spread – is trending upward in the 14-day average. Hospitalization rates are also trending upward in the 14-day average.

California has 254,745 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed, as reported below in the case of Los Angeles County for the next few days.

There have been 4,553,031 tests conducted in California. As testing capacity continues to increase across the state, an increase in the number of positive cases has been expected – increasing the importance of positivity rates to find signs of community spread. There have been 6,313 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

For adults 18 and older, Latinos, African Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are dying at disproportionately higher levels. The proportion of COVID-19 deaths in African Americans is more than one-and-a-half times their population representation across all adult age categories. For Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, overall numbers are low, but the proportion of deaths due to COVID-19 in that group exceeds their population representation.

More males are dying from COVID-19 than females, in line with national trends.


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