California is beginning the week by reporting a lower number of cases and deaths than in recent days and a marked difference in the overall positivity rate of the virus.
The state’s two-week positivity rate is down to 7.0% and has remained steady through the month of July. The seven-day positivity rate is at 6.1%, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a news conference. That seven-day average is down roughly 21.2% from the previous week.
“That’s some good news,” Newsom said.
He added: “It is not where it needs to be. It’s still too high. But again, it is good to see the number trending down."
The California Department of Public Health recorded 32 new deaths for a total of 9,388. California on Saturday marked its highest number of deaths in single-day at 219. Newsom warned that the number is likely a lagging indicator and “we’re likely to see those number remain stubbornly high.”
Some more context: The statewide case count, which surpassed half a million over the weekend, stands at 514,901 with the addition of 5,739 new cases.
The report may include cases and deaths that occurred outside the most recent 24-hour period due to the possibility of reporting delays.
Note: These numbers were released by California Department of Public Health, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.