The state has now recorded 3,156 deaths from the virus. California also yesterday reported 2,030 new cases for a total of 76,845, according to data compiled by this news agency. Most of the new deaths have been reported in southern California, which has become a hotbed of the virus in the state, although the Bay Area has recorded many of the first cases in the country.
These deaths have increased the average seven-day death rate in California, which reached just over 72 deaths a day on Thursday. The average has remained practically stable since the beginning of the month after a peak of more than 80 deaths on average at the end of April. California has a seven-day average of 1,766 new cases reported per day, a number that has been almost stable for about four days.
Los Angeles County reported 46 new deaths yesterday, followed by 11 in San Bernardino County, eight in San Diego County, seven in Riverside County and four in Orange County. Central Valley Tulare County also reported 10 deaths – the county’s death rate of 13 per 100,000 people is only second in the state after Los Angeles.
On Friday, the nine bay counties and Santa Cruz County reported eight deaths and 179 new cases. Alameda County has reported three deaths and 66 cases, the most in the region, for a total of 82 deaths and 2,300 cases. Alameda is close to Santa Clara County for most cases in the region, although South Bay County recorded more cases at the start of the pandemic and has an estimated 271,000 more residents.Alameda County has a seven-day average of 48 new cases a day, compared to a seven-day average of 25 new cases in the counties of San Francisco and San Mateo, 16 in the county of Santa Clara and 12 in the Contra Costa County.
Statewide, the number of patients hospitalized for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases has declined from 136 to 4,519 patients, according to data reported by the state yesterday on Thursday. The number of patients in intensive care unit beds with suspected or confirmed cases remained stable at 1,324. Fifty of these ICU patients are in Alameda County, most counties in the Bay area , but a fraction of the 581 ICU patients in Los Angeles County.
Most California counties have started entering phase 2 of on-site shelter orders, easing some locking restrictions to allow activities such as sidewalk pickup in retail stores, landscaping, construction that cannot be done remotely and more. As of Friday morning, only the counties of Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Los Angeles and Sacramento had not announced their intention to move to phase 2, although Contra Costa allows open-air gatherings if participants stay in their cars.