Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations keep decreasing across California

Coronavirus infections and deaths continue to slow down across California, as the seven-day infection rate and hospitalizations drop to their lowest points in months.

Since peaking in July, both new cases and hospitalizations steadily cooled off throughout August and September. Now, the state’s seven-day new case average has decreased to 3,201 cases as of Friday — the lowest it’s been since mid-June, according to data compiled by this news organization, and about one-third of the 9,000-plus average daily cases reported during the July peak.

Hospitalizations have plummeted even more dramatically. Just 2,339 confirmed COVID-19 patients across California were hospitalized as of Thursday, when data was most recently available — the fewest since early April. Los Angeles County, which has long been one of the pandemic’s statewide epicenters, makes up about one-third of those patients with 698 hospitalizations, marking a nearly 70% decrease since its peak of more than 2,000 in

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