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California virus infections slow, but county sees cases rise

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California virus infections slow, but county sees cases rise

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s coronavirus infection rate has reached its lowest level since the early days of the pandemic but San Diego County, the state’s second-largest, is seeing an uptick that could shut down some recently reopened businesses. California’s seven-day positivity rate — comparing infections to the overall number of virus tests conducted — was 3.3% on Tuesday, according to state data. The average number of daily cases has been falling for weeks and the most recent seven-day figure was 3,157, a 27% drop from the previous week.

But virus cases in San Diego County have trended higher recently and now are above statewide averages and health officials are trying to figure out why. San Diego’s numbers were low enough last month that when the state unveiled its new, four-tiered ranking system it was the only very large county below the most restrictive level, which allows for classroom instruction and limited reopenings of movie theaters, gyms and other businesses.

The latest data for the county of 3.3 million people shows an adjusted virus case rate of 8.1 per 100,000 people — above the level needed to stay in that tier and on par with Los Angeles County, which for much of the pandemic had struggled to contain the outbreak. Counties revert to a more restrictive tier if cases are above required thresholds for two straight weeks.

“Our commitment is to work with San Diego and any other county that is starting to see some increase in their numbers,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health and human services secretary, said during a weekly briefing. “We don’t yet have enough evidence that it can […]

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