New York had fewer new COVID-19 cases than California on Tuesday

New York had fewer new COVID-19 cases than California on Tuesday
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New York had fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday than California did, a positive step for the Empire State, which has been the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.

New York had 2,292 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, while California reported 2,515, a new one-day record.

In his daily press conference, New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoOvernight Health Care: Testing capacity strained as localities struggle with vaccine staffing | Health workers refusing vaccine is growing problem | Incoming CDC director expects 500,000 COVID deaths by mid-February Health workers refusing vaccine is new growing US problem Governors say no additional vaccine doses coming, despite Trump admin promise MORE (D) said that both the total number of hospitalizations and the number of new hospitalizations in the state were down. 

Tuesday was the first day that New York didn't lead the country in the number of new cases in more than a month. About 27 percent of America's confirmed COVID-19 cases have come from New York, with roughly 35 percent of virus-related deaths occurring there as well.

With its new cases on Tuesday, California is poised to have more than 60,000 sometime this week — only Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have more.

Despite having more new cases, the Golden State reported substantially fewer deaths Tuesday than New York, tallying 89 compared with New York's 230. Death tolls have typically lagged behind confirmed cases as the virus can take weeks to progress.

Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomREAD: Harris letter resigning from Senate ahead of inauguration Harris resigns Senate seat ahead of swearing in as VP Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE (D) announced this week that some low-risk retailers would be able to reopen Friday, California's first major restriction rollback.

Cuomo has outlined a reopening plan as well, with his stay-at-home order set to expire May 15 if it isn't extended.