Three Bay Area counties have improved to ‘moderate’ COVID levels.

The number of new coronavirus cases in the Bay Area has fallen by nearly 80% since the beginning of the month.

 But all but three counties in the region still have high or substantial transmission rates, as does most of California. 

California is still reporting around 200 lives lost to COVID-19 each day, as Gov. Gavin Newsom makes the case for moving the state out of “crisis mode.”

The latest data Tuesday from state health officials shows the Bay Area is averaging 26 new cases a day per 100,000 residents, down from 127 on Feb. 

The vast majority of the state is still at substantial or high infection levels, according to the transmission criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

San Mateo, Alameda and Marin counties in the Bay Area have made enough progress against COVID that they are now categorized in the “moderate” category.