California becomes first state in U.S. with over 600,000 coronavirus cases
A daily report released by the California Department of Public Health showed a jump of 7,934 COVID-19 cases, which included 3,505 new infections in the last day and 4,429 from a lab-reporting backlog of previous days. Public health officials also confirmed 188 more deaths in the daily report.
There have been 601,075 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 10,996 deaths in California since the start of the pandemic. The 7-day positivity rate is 6.5 percent and the 14-day positivity rate is 6.2 percent, according to the state's Department of Public Health.
The positivity rate reflects how prevalent positive cases of the disease are, when compared to the number of tests being done.
Officials said that local health departments have recorded 27,919 positive cases in health care workers and 143 deaths statewide as of Thursday.
In Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the state with a population of over 10 million, local public health officials reported 2,642 new cases and 45 new deaths. To date, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has identified 218,693 cases and 5,214 deaths across all areas of the metropolitan region.
Los Angeles County public health officials noted that there has been a 25-percent reduction in daily hospitalizations in the last couple of weeks. The 7-day average of daily hospitalizations in the county is 1,521, whereas in the week ending July 31, the figure was 2,026.
"The lower number of daily COVID-19 hospitalizations is encouraging, however, we still have far too many people spreading this virus," said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in a statement. ■