The number of people dying from Covid-19 every day in California remains high, despite a decline in cases and hospitalizations. The 14-day positivity rate has also dropped to under 6% for the first time since June 28.
Yet the state reported another 160 fatalities today, bringing the state’s total to at least 10,648, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Deaths have been in the triple digits nearly every day for the past two weeks, including Aug. 1, when the state reported at least 219 deaths – the most recorded in a single day.
In recent days, California’s data has been plagued with errors in its electronic lab reporting system. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that the errors have been resolved, but daily case updates will include a backlog of previously unreported cases which will be reallocated to the date to which they belong.
Today’s case report added at least 7,085 new cases. It is unclear how many of those were actually recorded within the most recent 24-hour reporting period.
Newsom expressed optimism about the latest trends, saying Wednesday they are an indication that California “is turning the corner on this pandemic.”