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.

coronavirus mortality rate in California

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

Cumulative totals
County  Cases  Per 100k  Tuesday  Deaths  Per 100k  Tuesday 
Lassen 5,637 18,076 24 77
Kings 22,532 15,013.8 +8 239 159.3 +1
Imperial 26,946 14,952.1 +26 715 396.7 +16
San Bernardino 289,892 13,575.5 +46 3,704 173.5 +12
Riverside 293,436 12,312.2 +287 4,164 174.7 +23
Los Angeles 1,215,179 12,033.8 +425 22,879 226.6 +64
Kern 105,625 11,961.3 +83 1,100 124.6 +6
Merced 30,298 11,260.1 +41 430 159.8 +1
Tulare 48,878 10,614.6 +46 801 174 +2
Madera 15,821 10,206.2 +7 231 149 +5
Colusa 2,158 10,054 16 74.5 +1
Fresno 98,276 10,047.3 +65 1,571 160.6 +3
Monterey 42,794 9,878.3 +60 338 78 +1
San Benito 5,832 9,815.5 +2 61 102.7
Stanislaus 52,197 9,678.6 +60 982 182.1 +2
Sutter 9,065 9,455.3 +5 102 106.4
San Joaquin 69,112 9,438.8 +257 1,231 168.1
Ventura 79,243 9,343.5 +24 957 112.8 +7
Amador 3,492 9,231 +2 45 119
Mono 1,250 8,819 4 28.2
Tehama 5,237 8,263.8 +24 54 85.2
San Diego 268,160 8,119.1 +243 3,498 105.9 +4
Glenn 2,242 8,036.7 +2 24 86
Orange 249,760 7,893.4 +119 4,635 146.5 +27
Yuba 5,915 7,835.2 +3 40 53
Inyo 1,388 7,674.9 37 204.6
Alpine 86 7,491.3 0 0
Tuolumne 4,017 7,448.3 +3 62 115
Santa Barbara 32,895 7,413.2 +22 435 98
San Luis Obispo 20,303 7,213.6 +43 253 89.9
Solano 30,865 7,038.3 +31 187 42.6
Napa 9,296 6,615 +17 75 53.4
Sacramento 96,505 6,391 +128 1,586 105 +4
Shasta 11,199 6,253.5 +20 200 111.7 +1
Yolo 13,130 6,107.6 +8 196 91.2 +5
Santa Clara 113,700 5,915.1 +59 1,912 99.5 +5
Sonoma 29,045 5,793.7 +39 308 61.4
Contra Costa 64,752 5,713.8 +57 738 65.1 +4
Santa Cruz 15,240 5,566.8 +15 199 72.7 +2
Placer 20,627 5,427.1 +24 250 65.8 +2
Modoc 469 5,247.3 4 44.8
Marin 13,564 5,211 +12 199 76.5
San Mateo 39,874 5,205.9 +37 544 71 +1
Lake 3,279 5,111.6 +5 43 67
Alameda 82,747 5,034.2 +67 1,370 83.3 +1
El Dorado 9,384 5,027.3 +10 107 57.3
Butte 11,012 4,849.5 +15 173 76.2
Mendocino 3,926 4,490.9 +6 46 52.6
Calaveras  1,979 4,374.9 +7 51 112.7
Siskiyou 1,858 4,267.3 +5 15 34.5
Nevada 4,188 4,226.4 +9 74 74.7
Del Norte 1,107 4,036.6 +4 5 18.2
San Francisco 34,805 4,000.4 +24 451 51.8
Plumas 672 3,593.8 6 32.1
Sierra 103 3,515.4 0 0
Trinity 385 2,993.3 5 38.9
Humboldt 3,426 2,523.4 34 25
Mariposa 405 2,309 +2 7 39.9

Reasons for Disparity in Hospitalization and Death Rates 

  1. 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.

  1. 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
Latino 25,511 46.5% 36.3%
White 17,194 31.3% 38.8%
Black 3,411 6.2% 6.1%
Asian 6,764 12.3% 16.5%

  1. Nursing Homes

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.

Conclusion

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.


Jennifer Billings is the Medical Editor at National Coronavirus Hotline(NCH). She is an Integrated medical doctor who has been published on NCH Blog, Medium.com and is a regular contributor at MedCity News, Physician Family, and Psychology Today.