Coronavirus: California hits hospitalization milestone, but two counties provide concern

There were fewer Californians hospitalized from COVID-19 on Saturday than all but one day on record — and the fewest in more than six months, according to state health data compiled by this news organization.

However, as the state nears a rare positive milestone, its curve of hospitalizations is beginning to mimic the plateau in cases that began about a month beforehand. And, in at least one county, a new outbreak is raging.

The 2,209 patients hospitalized across California on Saturday were fewer than any day on record besides April 1 – the first day the state began tracking hospital data. That is less than one-third of the active patients from its peak on July 21, when there were 7,170 coronavirus hospitalizations, but a decline of just 7.7% in the past two weeks.

The daily average of new cases remained at about 3,300 — where it has been for about a month — after another 2,454 cases were reported around the state Sunday. Reported deaths were in the single-digits — nine, spread across six counties — for just the second time of the pandemic. However, many counties do not report new cases or deaths on weekends.

Shasta County, home to about 180,000 in Northern California, is one jurisdiction that doesn’t provide updates over the weekend. It was one of 15 counties in the state where cases were higher Friday than they were two weeks ago.

As of Friday, its daily average had more than doubled in a week to about 55 cases per day; two weeks ago, it was averaging about 14 cases per day. It is the only county in California with more than 20 cases per 100,000 residents per day in the past week; in fact, the per-capita rate in Shasta County was over 30 — more than triple the statewide rate of about 8.3 cases per 100,000.

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The next-highest per-capita rate is in Sonoma County, where daily cases have increased 57% in two weeks.

Sonoma County was already an outlier in the Bay Area, as the only county in the region still in the most restrictive reopening tier, but it’s also the only county in the region where cases are rising and not falling.

Altogether, the Bay Area was averaging about 10% fewer cases as of Sunday than it was two weeks ago: about 450 per day over the past week, or about 5.6 per 100,000. In Sonoma County, however, the per-capita rate was nearly triple that: 15.8. Subtract Sonoma County, and the region would have cut its cases by about 17% in the past two weeks.

Hospitalizations in the Bay Area, like the state, are lower than they were for all of April. However, in the Bay Area, they fell even lower throughout much of May and June.

On Saturday, there were 309 patients hospitalized across the region — about as many as there were on on May 6 and June 23. In between, hospitalizations in the region fell as low as 222 on a single day.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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