With about 1,200 more confirmed positive cases, California has passed New York for highest number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to data from Johns Hopkins University. As of Wednesday, California has recorded over 409,000 total positive cases.
Several counties across the state have also increased their testing capabilities. Earlier this week, L.A. County increased its testing by 65 percent, targeting “hot spot areas” from Compton to Azusa.
Los Angeles maintains the largest testing site in the country, testing up to 6,000 citizens per day at Dodger Stadium.
As of Tuesday, Los Angeles Public Health reported 161,173 positive cases, with 57 percent of the cases coming from people under the age of 41.
While California’s positive cases have increased enough over the last two weeks to surpass New York, New York still holds the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths with 72,302 to California’s 7,883.
“We’re doing all we can to make sure that we control the rate of spread, despite crossing 400,000 cases in California,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California Health and Human Services secretary, said Tuesday.
This COVID-19 surge in California has led to mandated shutdowns of indoor operations in restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, card rooms and places of worship.