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California Goes From Worst To First in Covid-19 Infections

Just a few months ago, California was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the US Hospitals in Los Angeles were drowning in patients. Not only that, ambulances were idling outside with people struggling to breathe. The death count was staggering, so much that the morgues got filled and refrigerator trucks were brought in to handle the overflow.

Now, the situation has turned for good in California. As infections spike up in other parts of the country, California Goes from Worst to first with the lowest infection rate in the United States. It moved towards easing the lockdown restrictions and also the swift reopening of more businesses with greater customer counts and allowing larger gatherings.

“It has been a success story for California to have gone from our if you will, the viral tsunami that happened after the back-to-back holiday season to where we are now,” said Dr. Robert Kim-Farley of the University of California, Los Angeles’ public health school.At the peak of California winter surge that followed the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays, the state was recording 40,000 new cases daily and well above 500 deaths per day. Those numbers have dwindled to 2,300 new cases and 68 deaths daily.

The positive news arrived on Thursday when the state surpassed Hawaii with the lowest average number of cases per capita in the past two weeks. The data was compiled by John Hopkins University.  It further stated that one in 2,416 people in California got tested positive for Covid-19 over the past week. Kim-Farley said it’s been like turning around a massive tanker ship to reach today’s level of improvement. He credited government and public health agencies with providing clear guidelines that businesses, schools, and individuals largely followed, including mask mandates and social distancing.

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