COVID-19 transmission rates across California are down, indicating less spread of the virus

While the omicron-variant-powered COVID-19 numbers in Los Angeles County are still disheartening, the statewide numbers provide some hope as they appear to be on the decline.

The California Department of Public Health’s COVID Assessment Tool estimates that the state’s transmission rate has fallen below 1.0. On Thursday, the transmission rate was 0.77, indicating that each person with COVID in the state transmits the virus to less than one person on average.

Southern California, one of five regions defined by the state in the tool, has an estimated effective transmission rate of 0.75. The San Joaquin Valley region, however, is estimated at 0.99.

Meanwhile, the state’s case rate is also declining. Thursday’s issue shows California with an average of 104,000 cases per day. This is a decrease of 13% compared to the previous week. The seven-day positivity rate also dropped.

LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer says the county isn’t quite on the downward slope, but she hopes the region plateaus. A clearer picture of transmission and case numbers should form once data from the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend becomes available.

It comes as a new California bill has been introduced that would allow children 12 and older to be vaccinated without parental consent, the youngest age in any state.

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