On Tuesday, fifteen months after the first Covid-19 stay-at-home order was issued, the majority of the mandates will be lifted. And what a journey it’s been – just a few months ago, hospitals were bursting at the sea ms with critically ill patients vying for limited beds. While the situation in California is improving, Covid-19 remains a serious concern.
Even if the state’s infection rate and hospitalizations are at all-time lows, the epidemic isn’t ended. Covid-19 is still killing people, albeit at a lesser pace than it was six months ago. Then, physical separation and mask-wearing provided some protection to individuals who had not yet been vaccinated. Still, now that most of those are gone, illnesses are predicted to rise, according to Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco.
At the height of the pandemic, 17% of persons in California tested positive for Covid-19. It has been under 1% for about a month now. Every day between 792 and 1,136 new illnesses was registered in California last week. That’s similar to how things were in the early days of the pandemic the previous spring.
Hospitalizations have also been on the decline for several months. Covid-19 had hospitalized 1,263 persons in the state as of Friday, with another 261 in intensive care. During the peak in mid-January, almost 22,000 infected persons were hospitalized, with over 4,800 in intensive care units.