SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – COVID cases in California have continued to rise according to new data from state public health officials, who did not take into account the New Year’s holiday weekend.
According to the latest figures from the California Department of Public Health on Monday, the state’s current test positivity rate (the average rate over the past seven days) was 15.9% compared to 9.7% last week . Meanwhile, there are 7,314 hospitalizations and 1,329 intensive care patients statewide, a jump from the 4,747 inpatients and 1,071 intensive care patients.
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As cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, the average number of deaths from COVID shows a declining trend. Currently, the daily average of COVID-19 deaths in California over a seven-day period stands at 45. There have been 75,847 COVID-19 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.
State public health data on COVID cases, deaths and testing was last updated on December 31 with data from the previous day. The bank holiday weekend data was due to be updated on Tuesday.
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From December 13 to 19, unvaccinated people were 5.2 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people, according to state public health data. In addition, those who were not vaccinated were 14.5 times more likely to be hospitalized (data from December 6 to 12) and 15 times more likely to die from COVID (data from November 29 to December 5).
Health officials say 79.5% of the eligible population aged five and over have been vaccinated against COVID, with a total of 65,013,522 vaccines administered.
Last week, California became the first state to record more than five million known coronavirus infections, although the state has fared better than many other states in the Midwest and Northeast that have experienced the biggest increase in cases and hospitalizations as freezing temperatures kept people indoors.
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