California, a state which experienced a dreadful surge in Covid-19 cases after the holiday season, is now boasting the nation’s lowest positivity rate.
“California now has the lowest positivity rate in the country,” Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted Monday.
The Golden State’s seven-day positivity rate is 1.7%, according to US Health and Human Services data for the last week in March. Only California recorded a number below 2%. Michigan currently has the highest positivity rate in the country at 12.6%. At its peak in early January, California recorded a positivity rate of 17.1%, according to state health data.
As cases drop, California continues to reopen sectors by county, based on the state’s four-tiered “blueprint for a safer economy.” Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous, dropped to the second-most restrictive tier Monday, allowing for additional reopenings and increased capacity at various activities.
California's vaccination numbers: Widespread vaccinations are being credited with much of the decline in cases, with nearly 20 million doses administered to date. More than 7.3 million Californians have been fully vaccinated, as the state continues to roll out appointments. As of April 1, all Californians over the age of 50 are eligible to be vaccinated. All adults aged 16 and older will become eligible on April 15.
More than 58,500 Californians have died as a result of Covid-19 and nearly 3.6 million residents have been infected with the virus.