The state has also recorded 12,040 new COVID infections in the past 24 hours. This is just below the record, set on Wednesday, Newsom of 12,807 new cases. Newsom said the total was “the highest in the country”.
The state counted 6,825 coronavirus patients in hospital on Thursday and 1,978 people infected in the ICU. Fortunately, those numbers were down 4.8% and 3.9% respectively.
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Also on Wednesday, California had the unwanted distinction of surpassing New York City as the state with the most COVID-19 infections. California’s 413,576 confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed the 408,886 in New York state on Wednesday.
Of course, California is the most populous state in the United States, with roughly twice as many residents as New York State, so these totals must be taken in the context of the total state population. But that’s telling given that New York was previously the epicenter of the virus in the country and, at one point, in the world.
According to a calculation by the Sacramento Bee, about 1 in 96 state residents have or have had the virus.
California had 425,616 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday. The number of COVID-19 diagnostic test results in California has reached a total of 6,778,304, an increase of 113,306 tests in the past 24 hours. The rate of positive tests in the last 14 days is 7.6%.
The health director for the state’s largest county, Los Angeles, said Wednesday, “COVID-19 appears to be claiming more lives in LA County than any disease other than coronary heart disease. The flu, she said, is nowhere near as deadly as COVID-19. In the first six months of 2020, COVID-19 has killed twice as many people in the region as the flu during the 8-month flu season this year and last.