California has broken the record for new coronavirus cases reported in a single day, easily besting the previous high set just last week.
The state reported 20,759 new cases on Wednesday, shattering the previous record of more than 18,350. The numbers reflect an alarming surge of new cases in the nation's most populous state.
The California Department of Public Health also reported another 113 deaths related to COVID-19 complications, bringing the total to 19,324. The state has reported a staggering 245,000-plus new coronavirus cases since hitting the sobering mark of 1,000,000 cases in mid-November.
This as Gov. Gavin Newsom considers a new stay-at-home order for counties in the state's purple reopening tier during the crucial holiday shopping season. Gov. Newsom himself is still isolating in his Sacramento-area home after three of his children were exposed to the virus.
He did not hold a news conference Wednesday.
The governor said earlier in the week he was considering drastic measures after implementing a limited curfew last month.