California becomes first US state to surpass 2 million COVID-19 cases

California on Thursday became the first state in the U.S. to surpass two million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

The California Department of Public Health confirmed 39,070 new COVID-19 infections and 351 additional deaths in a daily release, pushing its cumulative cases to over two million, and related deaths to some 23,600 in the most populous U.S. state.

There are 18,875 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized in the state, and some 3,900 of them are in intensive care units. The seven-day positivity rate is 12.1 percent and the 14-day positivity rate is 12.4 percent, according to the department.

Meanwhile, the 11-county Southern California region and the 12-county San Joaquin Valley region in Central California are at zero available ICU capacity. The two regions are home to around 33 million people in the state, representing 84 percent of the state’s population.

ICU capacity in the San Francisco Area dropped to nine percent.

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