With the number of reported daily COVID-19 infections steadily declining in California, the nation’s most-populous state now officially has the lowest coronavirus case rate in the U.S., the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
As of Monday, California is the only state where community transmission is considered “substantial,” according to the CDC’s four-tiered system measuring infection rates. The other 49 states are at the tier’s highest level of “widespread.”
In the past seven days, the Golden State’s cases per 100,000 dropped to 95.3, federal figures show. The state’s seven-day positivity rate, meanwhile, is currently at 3%, according to the California Department of Public Health. Comparatively, neighboring Arizona, Nevada and Oregon have transmission rates that are more than twice as high as the Golden State’s, with positivity rates at least three times higher, CDC figures show.
No state other than California has a case rate below 100.