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around 2,600 coronavirus hospitalizations on Saturday, the lowest daily number of hospital patients in the state since April.
California has been among the states hit hardest by the pandemic, with the rate of daily COVID-19 hospitalizations reaching as high as 8,820 in July, more than double the 4,047 recorded on March 29.
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According to the state's health department, about 32 percent of the positive COVID-19 hospital patients were in the ICU in the past five days, down from about 43 percent in April.
The West Coast state has now recorded a total of 774,135 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14,912 deaths as of Saturday, with Los Angeles being the most impacted city at approximately 258,500 positive cases.
The new numbers come as first responders continue to battle a series of wildfires ravaging California and other parts of the West. that the pandemic has impacted the ability to combat the fires, with volunteers who usually clear undergrowth and brush each spring forced to stay home. Firefighters are also experiencing shortages as some have been infected with the virus.
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The federal government-run air quality monitor, Airnow.gov, showed that pollutant levels in the park were so high they exceeded the site’s index. Dangerous air quality is expected in the park, which is spread across nearly 1,200 square miles in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, for the next several days, the park service said. It isn’t clear when Yosemite will reopen.Two wildfires were burning in or near the park, including the massive Creek Fire to the south.
California has faced scrutiny in recent months for its coronavirus outbreaks at prisons, with the family of a San Quentin State Prison inmate who died of complications due to COVID-19 against the California correctional facility last week.
A May transfer of 121 inmates from the California Institution for Men in Chino led to a coronavirus outbreak at San Quentin. As of Saturday, San Quentin a total of 2,240 confirmed cases.
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