A day after reaching the peak of 197 coronavirus-related deaths, Thursday’s California pandemic accounted for another 194 deaths. So far, COVID-19 has taken 8,909 lives across the state.
Deaths rose dramatically from near-flat levels in June. On Thursday, the 14-day average of deaths attributed to the coronavirus was 112. Two weeks ago, that daily average was about 83.
The spike started relentlessly last week, with a record 157 deaths then on Thursday which jumped to 159 deaths recorded last Friday.
Over the weekend and early in the week, those numbers plummeted as state officials announced new reporting protocols that created backlog of results. Recent skyrocketing numbers are, no doubt, at least in part due to that work process. But the fact that they have resumed on a march to new hills is not well respected.
The number of new state-owned coronavirus cases jumped to 10,197 on Thursday, from 8,755 on Wednesday. That’s well above the 14-day average of 9,191 new daily cases but below the maximum level of 12,807 new cases, set last week.
California now has 485,502 confirmed cases of COVID-19.