California’s confirmed coronavirus cases now surpassed New York for most in the nation.
This is according to a CBS8 report citing data from John’s Hopkins University.
California now has about 1,200 more cases than New York.
California is by far the most populous U.S. state, with nearly 40 million people, while New York has about 19.5 million.
However, New York’s 32,520 deaths are by far the highest total in the country and four times more than California’s tally.
Its rate of confirmed infections of about 2,100 per 100,000 people is twice California’s rate.
LA’s Youth Infection
Los Angeles County reported that younger people were driving the spread of new infections.
More than half of the county’s new cases came from people under age 41.
Furthermore, the county’s COVID-19 deaths were at 4,154 with positive cases topping 161,670.
This is according to the county’s Department of Public Health.
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said:
“The tragedy of what we are witnessing is that many of our younger residents are interacting with each other.
(They are also) not adhering to the recommended prevention measures.
Meanwhile, our older residents continue to experience the results of this increased spread.
(They are hit) with the worst health outcomes, including death.”
Los Angeles County is the nation’s most populous.
It has 10 million residents.
More Cases Than Reported
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study said true COVID-19 rates were more than 10 times higher than reported.
It cited cases in most U.S. regions from late March to early May.
Throughout May and June, California reopened much of its economy, said the report.
Besides, people resumed shopping in stores and dining in restaurants around this time.
This is evident with data showed California’s unemployment rate fell in June.
The state recorded 558,000 more jobs then.
However, the infections began to surge.
This resulted in the imposition of a new round of business restrictions, including a ban on indoor dining in restaurants and bars.