Coronavirus update: Monterey County COVID cases spike 49.3% amid California surge

Monterey County reported 1,666 new COVID-19 cases and minus-one death in the week ending Sunday, a 49.3% increase and hundreds more cases than the previous week, when the county had reported 1,116 cases and five deaths. Throughout the pandemic Monterey County has reported 102,236 coronavirus cases and 743 deaths.

New coronavirus cases leaped in California in the week ending Sunday, rising 24.2% as 130,046 cases were reported. The previous week had 104,729 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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California ranked fourth 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 decreased 1.2% from the week before, with 721,538 cases reported. With 11.87% of the country's population, California had 18.02% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 24 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 Imperial County with 537 cases per 100,000 per week; Mariposa County with 512; and Amador County with 475. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 31,478 cases; Orange County, with 9,755 cases; and San Diego County, with 9,584. Weekly case counts rose in 51 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Orange, Santa Clara and Alameda counties.

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Across California, cases fell in six counties, with the best declines in San Diego County, with 9,584 cases from 10,626 a week earlier; in Yolo County, with 919 cases from 1,016; and in Mono County, with 14 cases from 18.

In California, 191 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 226 people were reported dead.

A total of 10,024,838 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 92,113 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 86,967,639 people have tested positive and 1,015,938 people have died.

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California's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, June 26.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 7,446

  • The week before that: 6,080

  • Four weeks ago: 5,310

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 63,626

  • The week before that: 57,605

  • Four weeks ago: 54,872

Hospitals in 34 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 25 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 39 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

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