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COVID-19: The most startling statistics from a year in a pandemic

Here are the most startling statistics a year into the COVID-19 pandemic.

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California reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 23,260 new cases. That’s down 28.1% from the previous week’s toll of 32,336 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

California ranked 47th 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 the United States added 375,140 reported cases of coronavirus, a decrease of 10% from the week before. Across the country, 18 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Across California, cases fell in 48 counties, with the best declines in Los Angeles, Kern and Ventura counties.

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California ranked 36th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 20.3% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 21%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.

In the week ending Sunday, California reported administering another 1,248,623 vaccine doses, compared to 1,813,708 the week before that. In all, California reported it has administered 11,883,375 doses.

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Within California, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Inyo, Merced and Stanislaus counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 7,113 cases; San Diego County, with 2,492 cases; and Orange County, with 1,149. Weekly case counts rose in 10 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Stanislaus, Santa Cruz and Yolo counties.

In California, 2,345 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 2,062 people were reported dead.

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A total of 3,622,510 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 56,565 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 29,438,222 people have tested positive and 534,880 people have died.

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