Since the coronavirus hit the nation’s shores, it has continued spreading like wildfire, leaving death and pain in its wake. However, in California, lockdown, social distancing rules, mask mandates, and other measures taken have proved helpful in reducing the growth of new cases, flattening the curve, and effectively slowing down its carnage. This article will look at the coronavirus mortality rate due to Covid-19 in California counties and the outlook for the next several months.
California in Context
From the beginning of the pandemic up till now, the United States has recorded more than 29 million Coronavirus cases and over 500 thousand deaths, with California accounting for at least 3,645,500 cases and 57,744 deaths to data from the New York Times.
California has the nation’s maximum number of cases, which is not surprising considering America’s most populous state. So far, 1 out of every 11 people in the state have tested positive, and there have been on average 2,793 cases and 188.9 new daily deaths.
While new cases and deaths are announced every day, bureaucratic bottlenecks can cause delays, increasing the coronavirus mortality rate.
The coronavirus has been found in all of California’s 58 counties.
Essential Information on infection and mortality (As of March, 23rd 2021)
- Case counts have dropped below peak levels, with an average of 2,793 cases per day— a 34% decrease from two weeks ago. About 1.6% of tests within the past week have returned positive.
- Hospitalizations continue to drop statewide with 2,586 confirmed cases hospitalized, a 30.9% decrease from two weeks ago.
- There are disparities in age and race in case counts and mortality. Among the fatal cases, 74% occurred in people age 65 and older, while Latinos are 2.6 times more likely to test positive than whites.
Reasons for Declining Infection and Mortality Rates
- Increased testing: After starting at a slow, irregular pace, testing has increased across the state, with 1.6% of the 1,173,644 tests conducted returning a positive result. As daily trials ramp up, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to fall.
- Stay-at-home orders: More and more people have adhered to stay-at-home and social distancing orders. As a result, the number of confirmed cases in hospitals statewide dropped by 31% compared to two weeks ago.
- Roll out of vaccination: Even though vaccines have slowly arrived, about 26% of the Californian population, or roughly 10 million people, have received at least one dose, and about 4.9 million of those have been fully vaccinated.
Average Cases and Deaths In all Counties
|County||Cases||Per 100k||Tuesday||Deaths||Per 100k||Tuesday|
|San Luis Obispo||20,303||7,213.6||+43||253||89.9||–|
Reasons for Disparity in Hospitalization and Death Rates
Age (contraction higher among the elderly)
While positive tests have been recorded more among younger adults, deaths resulting from coronavirus, have largely skewed toward the elderly.
Race (Blacks and Latinos contracting and dying more than whites)
Blacks and Latinos have been observed to contract the virus more than white and Asian people. After adjusting for population, Latinos were found to test positive 2.6 times more than white people. Also, black and Latinos died more often than the rest of the population (higher death rate) among all age groups.
|Race||Deaths||Deaths Percentage||Population Percentage|
Another thing that influences the disparity in the numbers of hospitalization and deaths is that typical nursing homes are a tragic focal point of the outbreak (nursing homes are considered high coronavirus mortality rate places). As a result, staff and residents, mostly elderly people, have accounted for 4% of coronavirus cases across the state and 23% of deaths.
In conclusion, we hope the information provided here gives you a better understanding of how counties handle the coronavirus outbreak. Most importantly, how the coronavirus mortality rate is distributed in California. It is crucial to stay informed on where COVID-19 is spreading to understand how it could affect your families, commerce, and travel from cities to rural towns.