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California’s COVID case rate is third-lowest in the nation. Will it last? – The Mercury News

Variant-fueled outbreaks have pushed case rates up 13 percent nationwide and far higher in the worst states.

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Fast-growing COVID-19 variants are contributing to an alarming rise in new cases around the nation, yet California remains resistant — for now.
This week, California had the third-lowest new case rate of any state in the union, sporting just 45 new cases per 100,000 residents, bested only by Arkansas and Alabama.  But variant-fueled outbreaks have pushed case rates up 13 percent nationwide and far higher in the worst states, contributing to fears of a fourth wave.
As the Golden State plans to fully…

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