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Coronavirus Transmission Rates Lowest At California

California is one of only two states with low levels of community Coronavirus Transmission. This distinction highlights the state’s continued progress toward eradicating the pandemic a week before the scheduled reopening. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s assessment is based on the number of new cases confirmed statewide in the last week and the rate at which conducted tests were returning positive.

The CDC defines low transmission as a state with a seven-day case rate of less than 10 per 100,000 population and a positive test result rate of less than 5%. According to federal data, only California and Vermont, out of all 50 states, meet both of these criteria. California had a seven-day case rate of 9.1 per 100,000 persons as of Sunday, trailing Vermont’s 8.3.

Despite a minor drop into the CDC’s considerably broader moderate Coronavirus Transmission category, which includes places with positive test results ranging from 5% to 7.99 percent and case rates ranging from 10 to 49.99, California continues to perform admirably. California has been among the states with the lowest coronavirus case rates for more than a month, a stark contrast to the fall and winter when a viral tsunami swept the state and forced hospitals to their breaking points.

When looking at raw case counts, California’s progress is very noticeable. During the previous boom, the state was recording more than 40,000 new cases every day on average. According to data collated by The New York Times, California has recorded an average of approximately 900 new cases every day over the last week.

Transmission is deemed moderate throughout the overwhelming majority of the country, according to the CDC. However, five states — Colorado, Wyoming, Florida, Washington, and Utah — are deemed to have significant Coronavirus Transmission, with seven-day case rates over 50 per 100,000 people in each.

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