After reporting an unusually low number of daily deaths from COVID in the last 72 hours, California announced 197 new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday. That’s a 20 percent jump from the previous one-day high of 159 recorded last Friday.
State and local officials said their numbers have been significantly lower recently due to delays caused by a new federal reporting process. As a result, Wednesday’s numbers may be slightly inflated due to these daily test results.
This comes just two days after the governor announced at his daily press conference that the Central Valley of the country is the new main problem area.
While the average 14-day percentage of positive tests across the country is 7.5 percent, this percentage in the Central Valley varies between 10.7 and 17.7 percent. Key workers in farms, manufacturing and prisons were particularly hard hit.
California also reported 8,755 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday. This is slightly below the 14-day average of 9,293 new daily cases.
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The reported hospitalization associated with COVID was 6,939 on Wednesday, an increase of 43 patients. The number of coronavirus patients in the ICU increased by 37 to 2,022.
The state now has 475,305 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. This resulted in 8,715 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths rose 2.3 percent from a total of 8,518 the previous day. The number of COVID-19 diagnostic test results in California reached a total of 7,517,466, an increase of 99,600. The percentage of positive tests in the last 14 days is 7.4 percent. That’s slightly lower than the 7.5 percent reported earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Orange County Department of Education announced on Wednesday that it had decided – by a 4-0 vote – to file a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsum and the California Public Health Officer to seek a court order repealing government orders preventing public schools from conducting private classes and resumption of services on campus.
The vote came during a closed session Tuesday night, a statement said.
Lawyers on board said in a statement that the California Supreme Court had interpreted the California constitution to require California students to have a constitutional right to essentially equal learning opportunities, and the governor’s order would unevenly burden California’s poorest families.
City News Service contributed to this report.