21/02/2024 8:48 PM


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California positivity rate drops to 5%, lowest since before Thanksgiving

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered a promising message Monday at his weekly press briefing, noting the state’s 7-day average positivity rate has dropped to 5%.

The rate hasn’t been this low since mid-November, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday when many experts believe gatherings and travel sparked a surge that pushed into December and January and is finally subsiding.

The positivity rate is the percentage of all coronavirus tests performed that are positive and it’s a key indicator public health officials have been monitoring throughout the pandemic.

The governor also noted cases are down 29% over the last 7 days and hospitalizations are down 34% intensive care unit and admissions are down 25%  in the last 2 weeks.

What’s more, the state is gaining speed on vaccinations and California has now administered over 4.65 million vaccines. On Sunday, 197,000 vaccines were administered, roughly 200,000, which Newsom said is double where the state was just a few weeks ago.

“Everything that should be up is up, everything that should be down is down,” Newsom said during a news conference at San Diego’s Petco Park, which is serving as a mass vaccination center. “That is encouraging news.”

He added, “The vaccinations however, we can’t move fast enough. We are sober and mindful of the scarcity that is the number of available vaccines in the United States of America. Nonetheless, we are not naive about our responsibility here in the state of California to move these vaccines out of the freezers and into people’s arms.”

While the COVID-19 vaccine remains scarce in the Golden State, Newsom conceded Monday, counties increasingly are using their limited supplies to focus on people who need second shots to complete their inoculations.

About 800,000 Californians are fully immunized now but millions of others who are eligible have yet to get their first doses. Newsom said the state received just over 1 million doses of vaccine last week and the next weekly shipment will be only slightly larger.

“We need to see that ramped up,” Newsom said. “We’re going to need to see more doses coming into the state of California in order to keep these mass sites operational and to keep things moving.”

Counties from San Diego to Napa to Los Angeles have said they’ll be using the bulk of their vaccination appointment slots this week to administer second doses to people who were initially vaccinated about a month ago.

For the Pfizer vaccine, a second dose is recommended three weeks after the first, and for the Moderna vaccine it’s four weeks. But both can be given up to six weeks after the initial shot and still work optimally, according to the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.