California ICU Numbers Drop, Youth Infections Rise

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It appears California may be bending the curve in its fight against COVID-19. The number of coronavirus patients in hospitals across the state has dropped 22% in the last three weeks, from a high of over 7,000 to about 5,500. The number of ICU patients also fell from its peak three weeks ago. Governor Gavin Newsom said the figures were “encouraging signs” but not enough for “the kind of stability and long-term decline” California needs to reach. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases is surging among children and teens in California. The rate went up by 150% last month. The state’s Department of Public Health reports more than 50,000 cases among children and teens in California this week, which makes up nearly 10% of total cases. The increase in cases among kids can also be seen nationally, which grew 40% in the second half of July.