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California's Positivity Rate And Hospitalizations Are Finally Easing After That COVID-19 Surge

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Health care workers prepare a Mobile Isolation Unit for operation outside of the VA Hospital in Westwood. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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In a rare bit of good news about the COVID-19 outlook in California, the state's 14-day positivity rate has dropped 8.7% in the past two weeks.

And COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped 8.5% over the same time period.

In early January, the state was averaging more than 3,500 COVID-19 patients a day, according to state Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. Now, he said, that number is down to anywhere from 2,500 to 2,900 a day.

"These are rays of hope shining through with the hospitals coming down some, and that overall curve of our case numbers beginning to flatten."

Ghaly said hard-hit areas such as the Southern California region are also stabilizing.
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Meanwhile, as of today, more than 1.5 million Californians have received a coronavirus vaccination.

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