COVID-19 cases surge 46.4% in California

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

New coronavirus cases leaped in California in the week ending Sunday, rising 46.4% as 12,109 cases were reported. The previous week had 8,272 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

California ranked 36th 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 20.4% from the week before, with 140,886 cases reported. With 11.87% of the country's population, California had 8.59% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, five states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many places are not reporting data on a regular schedule because of Memorial Day, making week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.

Los Angeles County reported about 3,900 backlogged cases on May 27, making the state's week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.

Within California, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Tehama, Siskiyou and Modoc counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 5,101 cases; San Bernardino County, with 723 cases; and Sacramento County, with 661. Weekly case counts rose in 28 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Santa Cruz counties.

Kern County reported 457 cases and six deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 356 cases and six deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 110,111 cases and 1,389 deaths.

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California ranked 12th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 56.7% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 50.5%, 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 1,213,460 vaccine doses, including 570,692 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 1,933,160 vaccine doses, including 823,073 first doses. In all, California reported it has administered 38,261,502 total doses.

Across California, cases fell in 28 counties, with the best declines in Tulare, Contra Costa and San Diego counties.

In California, 314 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 243 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,789,186 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 63,247 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 33,258,623 people have tested positive and 594,430 people have died.

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The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.

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