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- A Reuters tally indicates 171 Californians died from the coronavirus on Tuesday.
- The vast majority of patients diagnosed are between the ages of 18 to 49.
As an embattled California continues its fight against the coronavirus, the state hit a sobering new record: 171 deaths reported on Tuesday, the largest single-day rise the state has seen since the pandemic began, Reuters reports.
Now at 8,716 confirmed deaths associated with COVID-19 infections and a staggering 473,500 confirmed cases statewide, California is the third leading state with the most coronavirus deaths, preceded by New Jersey and New York.
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Positive cases continue to rise in the Golden State, with 6,000 new cases being reported on Monday, a 1.3 percent increase from the day before. This data contributes to a steeper 38.6 percent increase in positive cases over the past two weeks.
Sixty percent of patients in California are now between the ages of 18 and 49, a relatively young age demographic considering the virus primarily adversely affected older adults at the onset in the U.S. Additionally, more than half of the patients are Latinx, per state data.
Some of the most hard-hit counties in California are Los Angeles County and its neighboring regions, such as the Imperial County.
The epicenter of California’s outbreak appears to have shifted to the state’s Central Valley, the flat inland stretch on the interior of the coast. It encompasses cities like Sacramento and Fresno rather than San Francisco and Los Angeles.
To assist with the surge in cases, Reuters notes that about 200 federal health care workers were sent to areas in Central Valley to help with hospital staffing.
Fortunately, most hospitals do not seem to be overrun with COVID-19 infections. State data indicates that the amount of coronavirus inpatients is showing signs of plateauing in both general hospital beds and ICU rooms.
Other states suffering a surge in outbreaks have posted similar trends to California. Florida recorded a similar record-high of approximately 200 coronavirus fatalities on Tuesday, resulting in backlogs at funeral homes wrestling with a sharp uptick in demands.
Nationwide, the U.S. has reported approximately 149,375 deaths during the pandemic.
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