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  • Hospitalization rates in California are rising along with new cases.
  • The spikes are mainly occurring in Southern California counties.

As coronavirus cases rise across the Sun Belt of the U.S. –– composed of states like California, Florida, Arizona, and Texas –– hospitalization data reveals how severe coronavirus cases are becoming. 

In California, 3,702 hospitalization cases were reported by the state health department as of Sunday. This is the highest figure seen since April 7, when public health officials reported 5,792 confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases in hospitals.

In statewide ICUs, there are 1,199 coronavirus patients, an increase of 36 from the previous day. The five-day average is still markedly lower than rates seen in early April, with 32.4 percent of coronavirus patients in California hospitalized in the ICU now as opposed to 43.8 percent as of April 3.


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This data also follows 4,230 new confirmed infections, and 20 newly reported fatalities per state data

Hospitalizations are considered one of the strongest metrics available to measure severe cases rather than a positive case with an asymptomatic individual, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Jay Butler. 

Notably, the counties of California seeing the largest spikes in both hospitalizations and new cases include Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego — all located in sunny Southern California. 

Published on Jun 22, 2020