California reported 695 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, setting a new record for the state's single-day death toll as it continues to deal with a rise in coronavirus cases.
The new fatalities bring the state’s coronavirus death toll to 29,233, according to coronavirus data reported by the state.
California also reported 52,636 new coronavirus infections, bringing its cumulative total to 2,621,277.
The numbers come as the coronavirus ravages California following a surge from the fall and winter holidays that has stretched hospital capacity in the state. California recorded 74,000 new coronavirus infections alone on Monday, surpassing a single-day record high for new cases of over 66,000 on Dec. 28, 2020.
Health officials issued an emergency mandate on Tuesday requiring all hospitals to accept patients from hospitals in crisis care amid increasing patient loads, and Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomFeehery: The confidence game Biden administration launches new national initiative to fight homelessness Equity is key to resilience — three ways make it a priority MORE (D) unveiled a new strategy on Monday to help preserve the state’s oxygen supply.
Meanwhile, the U.S. as a whole is battling a surge in infections. The COVID Tracking Project reported that the nation saw 310,000 new coronavirus infections Friday, with many of the cases concentrated in New Jersey and California.
There have been 22,086,436 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. since the pandemic began, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University. Over 371,000 have died.