After reporting an unusually low number of COVID-related deaths per day over the past 72 hours, California on Wednesday announced 197 new coronavirus fatalities. That’s a 20 percent jump from the previous day’s high of 159, recorded last Friday.
State and local officials said the numbers were significantly lower recently due to delays caused by a new federal reporting process. As a result, Wednesday’s number may be a bit bloated due to those daily test results.
That comes just two days after the governor announced at his daily news conference that the state’s Central valley was the new main area of concern.
While the statewide 14-day rate of positive tests across the state is 7.5 percent, that rate in the Central Valley ranges between 10.7 and 17.7 percent. Essential workers in farms, manufacturing and prisons were especially affected.
California also reported 8,755 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday. That’s just below the 14-day average of 9,293 new cases a day.
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The COVID-related hospital reported was as of Wednesday at 6,939, an increase of 43 patients. The number of coronavirus patients in the ICU increased by 37 to 2012.
The state now has 475,305 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Those resulted in 8,715 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 2.3 percent from the previous day’s total of 8,518. The number of COVID-19 diagnostic test results in California reached a total of 7,517,466, an increase of 99,600. The positive test rate in the last 14 days is 7.4 percent. This is just below the 7.5 percent reported earlier this week.
Meanwhile, the Orange County Board of Education announced on Wednesday that it has decided – by a 4-0 vote – to file a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Public Health Officer to seek a court order overturning state orders not to allow the public. schools from holding classes in person and resuming services on campus.
The vote took place during a closed session on Tuesday evening, according to a statement.
The board’s attorneys said in a statement that the California Supreme Court interpreted the California Constitution to require that California children’s school have a constitutional right to substantially equal opportunities for learning, and that the the governor’s order will no longer burden California’s most disadvantaged families.
City News Service contributed to this report.