California has lowest COVID case rate in US

Graphic image of new COVID cases in the state of California given by The New York Times.

John Rodriguez / El Paisano Media

Graphic image of new COVID cases in the state of California given by The New York Times.

The state of California now has the lowest COVID case rate in the United States as of the third week of April. 

California Beginning of the Year

In the beginning of the year, California had one of the highest rates of COVID cases. On January 1st, the state had an average of 37,957 cases of the coronavirus. On a 7 day average that was about 40,148 of cases on the same day. Many hospitals in Los Angeles county were struggling to help patients. Ambulances were stuck doing nothing to those that needed help struggling to breath, as they waited for room to open up. The death count in California was through the roof, many morgues were filled. For a while, when the state was recording 40,000 new cases daily they average 500 deaths per day.

Cases in California Now

Although cases are still spiking in other states in the US, California has gone from worst to the first lowest COVID case rate in the country. Numbers have dropped to about 2,300 new cases and 68 deaths daily. California had surpassed Hawaii on Tuesday with the lowest number of cases on average in the past two weeks. About 1 in every 2,416 people in California has tested positive in the past week. 

California Reopening

The state of California is still slowly opening up more restaurants, business and schools little by little. Gov. Gavin Newsom has been allowing this to happen by county based on case number levels. Many requirements are still taking action by law for the safety of everyone in the state. The Government and public health agencies are still providing guidelines for every district and businesses as well as restaurants. People are still required to wear a mask in the state, indoors and in some cases outdoors.

With more schools and business reopening this month as well as theme parks and in person fan experiences for sports games, will see if numbers still go down.

Case increase in Michigan

Michigan however is adding more cases and deaths in the state due to COVID. Saturday in Michigan added 4,698 cases and 121 deaths that were due to the virus. The numbers had been adding up in Michigan as numbers have risen in an eight week span. Michigan continues to lead the nation in new cases despite having a third of citizens in the state are vaccinated.

Among many of the consequences of Michigan’s surge is one that has many doctors concerned. A record number of cases of children being hospitalized due to COVID despite the recording-breaking spike. Michigan Health and Hospital Association has data that show children being hospitalized with symptoms with a high of 70 this week. This was twice as many as were hospitalized during the worst days of the wave that swept the country in November. 

 

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