Coronavirus update: 1,055 new COVID cases in Monterey County amid 168.4% surge

Monterey County reported 1,055 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, the county had reported 393 coronavirus cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 96,193 cases and 735 deaths.

New coronavirus cases leaped in California in the week ending Sunday, rising 76.1% as 100,516 cases were reported. The previous week had 57,079 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

California ranked 19th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 31.8% from the week before, with 796,108 cases reported. With 11.87% of the country's population, California had 12.63% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 42 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

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Within California, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in San Francisco County with 490 cases per 100,000 per week; Del Norte County with 482; and Marin County with 476. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

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Adding the most new cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 22,229 cases; Santa Clara County, with 8,592 cases; and San Diego County, with 7,749. Weekly case counts rose in 57 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Santa Clara, Orange and Los Angeles counties.

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California ranked 15th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 83.8% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.7%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Wednesday, California reported administering another 415,833 vaccine doses, including 65,747 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 463,250 vaccine doses, including 79,852 first doses. In all, California reported it has administered 75,237,247 total doses.

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In California, 262 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 285 people were reported dead.

A total of 9,449,915 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 91,044 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 83,281,329 people have tested positive and 1,002,173 people have died.

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California's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, May 22.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 5,130

  • The week before that: 4,226

  • Four weeks ago: 3,445

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 53,333

  • The week before that: 49,215

  • Four weeks ago: 39,443

Hospitals in 31 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 29 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 37 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at

This article originally appeared on Salinas Californian: Monterey County sees 1,055 new COVID cases amid California virus surge