California counties reported 13,095 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, on the eve of a statewide coronavirus curfew imposed amid a surge that has thrown the majority of the Bay Area back into the state’s most restrictive lockdown measures.
The state now has had 1,092,354 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The number of new cases on Friday was the fifth-most ever reported in a single day, bringing the state’s seven-day average of new cases to 10,923, the highest average since the start of the pandemic. The true number of infections in the state is likely higher as some people, including asymptomatic spreaders, go untested.
New cases began surging in mid-October, but deaths, seen as a lagging indicator of the spread of the virus, had remained mostly flat. However, the number of fatalities has been increasing in recent days, and on Friday counties reported 85 COVID-19 fatalities. The state has a seven-day average of 60 new deaths, a 50 percent increase from the previous week.
The surge, and worries about a further increase in new cases as people gather and even travel across county or state lines for Thanksgiving, pushed Gov. Gavin Newsom to announce a limited coronavirus curfew in counties in the state’s most restrictive purple tier, which indicates the virus is widespread in a community. The curfew goes into effect Saturday night and puts a stop to all non-essential travel, work and gatherings between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties are currently in the purple tier and subject to the new curfew, which expires Dec. 21. San Francisco County, currently in the red tier, could regress to the purple tier as early as Sunday, health officials warned, which would leave San Mateo and Marin counties as the only Bay Area counties in the red tier.
The number of patients hospitalized or in intensive care unit beds during the pandemic has also been surgining. On Thursday, there were 4,755 patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California, a 5.1 percent increase from the previous day and a 107.6 percent increase from Oct. 19. There were also 1,240 patients in ICU beds with confirmed COVID-19 cases, a 7.4 percent increase from the previous day and an 88.7 percent increase from Oct. 19.
Of the new cases reported statewide on Friday, Los Angeles County, the state’s most populous county and long a hot spot for infections, had the most new cases with 4,219, followed by Orange County with 1,169 new cases and San Diego County with 1,091 cases. That was followed by San Bernardino, Sacramento and Riverside counties.
Los Angeles County likewise led in COVID-19 deaths, reporting 33 fatalities on Friday, followed by San Diego and Fresno counties with eight deaths each. They were followed by Shasta, Alameda, Santa Clara and Riverside counties.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment