California has added 11,645 new coronavirus cases to its tally today, but more than half of those are the result of a backlog created by a data reporting error, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a news conference.
These new cases bring California’s total to 586,056 total infections.
Newsom noted the 14-day hospitalization rates are down just over 19%, and the two-week rate for intensive care unit cases is down 16%. These rates are “another indication that we are turning a corner on this pandemic,” Newsom said.
The positivity rate of the virus continues to drop and currently stands at 6.2%. This is down from just over 7% for most of July.
“These are specific proof points that offer some optimism,” Newsom said, giving credit to people wearing masks for bringing the trend lines down. “Don’t let your guard down. You can’t let your guard down."
Some context: Data reporting errors that have plagued the state’s recording system have been resolved, according to Newsom, with a parallel system in place for the short-term and a long-term replacement being created for the future.
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.