California now has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., surpassing New York state, the former epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
With over 10,000 new cases on Tuesday, the Golden State's total number of cases rose to 409,370, according to the Los Angeles Times's COVID-19 database. New York state's coronavirus tracker lists its total number of cases to be at 408,181.
Mark Ghaly, the state's health and human services secretary, acknowledged the numbers during a press briefing.
“I don’t overread into the significance of that number,” Ghaly said. “I look at every day as an opportunity to do better and do more with our response to COVID-19.”