California Now Holds First Place in Number of U.S. COVID-19 Cases

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California has most COVID-19 cases in U.S., surpassing New York, as spike continues

by Luke Money/LA times

California now has the most confirmed coronavirus infections of any state, surpassing New York, as an ongoing statewide spike in the number of infections has pushed its overall case count past 413,000.

As of Wednesday morning, data from Johns Hopkins University showed California had reported about 1,100 more cumulative COVID-19 cases than New York — which was besieged by the virus in the early spring but has since seen the numbers of newly confirmed infections, deaths and hospitalizations drop dramatically.

California, however, is trending in the opposite direction.

Shortly after noon Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that 12,807 new coronavirus infections had been reported in the past 24 hours — a record high — bringing the state’s total to 413,576.

“It’s just another reminder … of the magnitude of impact that this virus continues to have,” he said.

Despite the higher case count, California has not experienced nearly as many fatalities as New York has.

The Empire State has recorded more than 25,000 COVID-19 deaths, three times as many as California.

Officials also were quick to point out that California’s population, by far the highest of any state, also plays a major role in its number of infections. The state’s population of nearly 40 million is more than double that of New York.

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