Coronavirus tracker: California reported 6,540 new cases, 417 new deaths and 289 fewer hospitalizations as of Feb. 18

The end-of-day totals from California public health websites for Wednesday, Feb. 17, reported 6,540 new case, bringing the total number of cases to 3,485,119.

The 14-day number of new cases, 9,777, is down 76.9% from the Jan. 1 high of 42,268.

There were 417 new deaths reported Wednesday, for a total of 47,924 people in California who have died from the virus. The 14-day average of 389.7 deaths as of Wednesday is down 28.4% from the Feb. 1 high of 543.1 average new deaths.

There were 8,566 people needing hospital care Wednesday, a 61.3% drop since the Jan. 1 high of 22,853.

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Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, The Associated Press, reporting counties and news sources

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