Kern County’s COVID-19 new cases flat; California cases plummet 31%

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California reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 5,170 new cases. That’s down 31% from the previous week’s tally of 7,493 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

California ranked 35th 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 increased 10.4% from the week before, with 92,148 cases reported. With 11.87% of the country’s population, California had 5.61% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 28 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many places did not report cases and deaths around the Fourth of July, which would shift those cases into the following week and make week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.

Kern County reported 163 cases and three deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 166 cases and three deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 111,111 cases and 1,408 deaths.

Across California, cases fell in 33 counties, with the best declines in Santa Clara, Fresno and Imperial counties. California ranked 12th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 61.9% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 54.9%, 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.

In the week ending Sunday, California reported administering another 770,335 vaccine doses, including 384,216 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 833,443 vaccine doses, including 367,852 first doses. In all, California reported it has administered 43,082,412 total doses.

Within California, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Sierra, Lake and Del Norte counties. Adding the newest cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 2,999 cases; Sacramento County, with 649 cases; and Orange County, with 513. Weekly case counts rose in 22 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Los Angeles, Orange and Sacramento counties.

In California, 61 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 254 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,820,921 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 63,650 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 33,717,567 people have tested positive and 605,526 people have died.

Mike Stucka | Contributed

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