What we know
- Stay-at-home orders remain. Most of the state, including Los Angeles County, is currently under stricter rules.
- New cases have been surging. Over the last seven days, the state has averaged 42,464 cases per day, a significant jump from before the holidays. Roughly 14% of tests this past week have come back positive.
- Deaths are on the rise. The state has averaged 412 daily deaths over the last week, an increase of 86.3% from two weeks ago.
- Hospitalizations have never been higher. Statewide, there are 21,855 people hospitalized with a confirmed case, 15% more than two weeks ago. Check the status of facilities with The Times’ new hospital tracker.
- Disparities in age and race persist. Roughly 75% of the dead were 65 or older. After adjusting for population, Latinos are now 2.6 times more likely than whites to test positive.
The latest totals
Coronavirus can infect people so rapidly that it has continued to spread despite shutdown orders aimed at slowing the growth of new cases and flattening the line below.
So far, 1 out of every 15 people in the state has tested positive. The number statewide is now on pace to double every 41.7 days, a number used to measure how quickly the virus is spreading.
Local governments announce new cases and deaths each day, though bottlenecks in bureaucracy can introduce delays. For instance, some agencies do not report new totals on holidays and weekends, leading to lower numbers on those days.
Over the past week, the state has averaged 42,464 new cases and 412 new deaths per day. Experts say the true number of people infected is unknown and likely much higher than official tallies.
The charts here will update when today’s Times survey of the state’s 61 health agencies is complete.
Seven-day averages offer a more stable view of the trend than daily totals. On the cases chart, gray bars mark when errors in a state computer system delayed the tabulation of new cases.
Where new cases are concentrated
State officials study the latest data and then rate regions and counties to determine when and how businesses reopen.
The government doesn‘t release enough data to replicate its analysis, but the rate of new cases per 100,000 residents over the last seven days provides insight into where the virus is spreading.
After adjusting for population, the virus is now categorized as widespread in 54 the state’s 58 counties, which results in stricter rules being put into place. Together they are home to 99% of California residents.
Times survey of county and local health departments