The number of California coronavirus cases reached 600,000 on Thursday, the first state to reach the top spot, according to data collected by The New York Times.
Golden State also has the third-highest death toll in the U.S. with 10,800 victims of COVID-19, after New York and New Jersey, which were hit hard by the disease at the start of the pandemic.
California is among the states that experienced growth in cases in July, along with Texas, Florida and Arizona.
As the most populous state in the US, the case and count of deaths per capita in California ranks lower compared to other states, in 20th place for the number of cases and 28th in fatalities, according to data of the Times.
California recorded some of the earliest cases at the start of the pandemic, and Govt. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomBass on filling Harris Senate seat: ‘I will keep all my options open’ Newsom says he has already received a number of views on Hartis seat in Harris open senate Here who can fill the seat of Kamala Harris Senate if she becomes VP MP VERY (D) was the first governor to approve a stay-at-home order, slowing the spread.
When the state reopened, however, cases rose and continued to break records for higher daily growth, prompting Newsom to later issue a masked mandate and shut down bars and dinners again.
Now, California has a seven-day average of 8,903 new cases per day, less than in mid-July.
Newsom expressed optimism this week, showing a statistic that coronavirus hospitals in California fell 19 percent in two weeks.
The news comes after the state experienced difficulties with the coronavirus reporting system in late July which left about 300,000 files from the state database, but officials ensure the issue is resolved. Officials say there are higher numbers counted this week due to delays in reporting some cases.
The state top public health expert abruptly left last weekend after the data was attached.