Coronavirus tracker: California reported 7,244 new cases, 425 new deaths and 410 fewer hospitalizations on Feb. 18

The end-of-day totals from California public health websites for Thursday, Feb. 18, reported 7,244 new cases, bringing the total number of cases there have been in the state to 3,492,363.

The 14-day total of new cases, 9,283, is down 78% from the Jan. 1 high of 42,268.

There were 425 new deaths reported Thursday, for a total of 48,349 people in California who have died from the virus. The 14-day average of 374 deaths as of Thursday is down 31% from the Feb. 1 high of 543 average new deaths.

There were 8,156 people needing hospital care Thursday, a 64.3% 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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