San Joaquin County reported 1,063 new coronavirus cases and 19 deaths in the week ending Sunday, a dramatic 70% drop in cases that comes a week after California dropped most indoor masking rules and shifted its focus to an “endemic” approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.
California also reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 67,894 new cases. That’s down 65.9% from the previous week’s tally of 199,259 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
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A week earlier, San Joaquin County had reported 3,610 cases and 25 deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 171,923 cases and 2,033 deaths.
Nearby Calaveras County reported 54 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 228 cases and seven deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 7,471 cases and 107 deaths.
California ranked 38th 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 42% from the week before, with 722,053 cases reported. With 11.87% of the country’s population, California had 9.4% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, three states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Across California, cases fell in 57 counties, with the best declines in Los Angeles County, with 21,083 cases from 34,711 a week earlier; in San Mateo County, with 781 cases from 10,490; and in San Diego County, with 10,184 cases from 17,394.
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California ranked 15th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 81.5% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 76.1%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
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In the week ending Saturday, California reported administering another 664,555 vaccine doses, including 136,991 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 933,389 vaccine doses, including 261,261 first doses. In all, California reported it has administered 71,044,784 total doses.
Within California, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Kern County with 573 cases per 100,000 per week; Stanislaus County with 504; and Del Norte County with 478. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
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Adding the most new cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 21,083 cases; San Diego County, with 10,184 cases; and Kern County, with 5,154.
In California, 1,444 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 1,493 people were reported dead.
A total of 8,894,324 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 84,002 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 78,479,134 people have tested positive and 935,335 people have died.
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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Feb. 20.
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Hospitals in zero states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in one states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in zero states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.