As the outbreak of the California corona virus continues to show a sharp upward trajectory, the latest diagnostic statistics released on Wednesday broke state and national records.
Health officials have confirmed 53,711 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, which has meant 1.67 million in California since the start of the pandemic.
The huge jump in cases exceeded the state’s record last week, which was set last week, at roughly 17,000 cases. The COVID-19 epidemic also exceeded the one-day infection records set by all other U.S. states throughout its duration.
A spokesman for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) explained that the recent jump in daily diagnosis numbers does not necessarily reflect cases deemed positive on Tuesday. Comments for: Newsweek, the spokesman said, 12,630 of these cases were from diagnostic tests previously. The remaining 41,081 tests conducted Tuesday showed positive results in California and across the country.
“Due to the record increase in cases, many local public health departments in California have to process a significantly higher number of test results each day. Due to the increased workload, some cases take longer to process.” a spokesman for the health department said.
“In order to better understand the transmission day by day, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in collaboration with local public health departments, has decided to install an automated processing feature from our toolbox to speed up case processing,” they continued. “Because of the implementation of this service, the number of cases today is significantly higher than in the few days before.”
Viral cases began to multiply in California last month, along with several other states that reported similar patterns. The state set up 35,729 new cases on Dec. 11, after a growing number for weeks.
The state has confirmed more than 200,000 new infections since last Wednesday, and official figures show that since then, at least 30,000 California residents have tested COVID-19 positively every day. California is the most populous state in the country and has surpassed the number of cases that had previously experienced outbreaks in July, such as New York, at the height of the July summer rebirth. His confirmed case on Wednesday remains the highest in the country, followed by reports from Texas, Florida and Illinois.
According to California, the number of COVID-19-related deaths reported a daily record increase as cases rose rapidly in the first half of December. The state confirmed the highest one-day deaths on Tuesday, with 293 new deaths. Nearly 21,500 people died in California as a result of COVID-19 this year.
The test-positivity rate, which is released daily by California health officials, indicates accelerated transmission of viruses across the country. The latest figure shows that 11 percent of all diagnostic tests administered Tuesday became positive in COVID-19. Fourteen days ago, the rate was roughly 7 percent.
In California, admissions for hospitalizations and intensive care units (ICUs) have skyrocketed due to rising infection rates, leading Governor Gavin Newsom to announce that a regional retention order should be issued in every county where critical care unit capacity exceeds 85 percent. The regulation requires residents of these areas to remain in their homes for at least three weeks after the restrictions are implemented. It also requires the closure of public places such as cinemas and bars and applies strict regulations to other facilities that are still allowed to operate.
Updated at 16:02 (ET) with additional details and background information.