California COVID-19 cases holding steady

Mike Stucka

California reported 18,837 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, from 18,813 the week before of the virus that causes COVID-19.

California ranked 49th 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 the United States added 442,676 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 16.2% from the week before. Across the country, 34 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Within California, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Mono, Shasta and Lake counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 4,051 cases; San Diego County, with 1,752 cases; and Sacramento County, with 1,283. Weekly case counts rose in 29 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Sacramento, Fresno and Shasta counties.

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California ranked 24th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 29.3% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 28.2%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.

In the week ending Sunday, California reported administering another 2,626,841 vaccine doses, compared to 2,824,800 the week before that. In all, California reported it has administered 17,335,016 doses.

Across California, cases fell in 28 counties, with the best declines in San Diego, Riverside and Stanislaus counties.

In California, 1,440 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 936 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,660,713 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 58,949 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 30,262,377 people have tested positive and 549,335 people have died.

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson gets her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine March 23 in Wisconsin. "I'm not going to lie, I was a little nervous about this vaccine. I understand the apprehension as it relates to the African-American community," she said. "As it relates to our history with the medical sector, however, I was so excited to learn that this vaccine was developed by a black woman."