California to surpass New York in COVID-19 deaths

By , KCBS Radio

Early in the pandemic, the situation looked pretty positive in California with swift action helping to tamp down the early cases. The strange, new virus so overwhelmed New York’s healthcare system that California doctors and other medical workers boarded planes in order to help.

That has all changed after California saw a swift and exponential rise in cases and deaths over the holidays.

When the state releases its daily COVID-19 data on Wednesday, it is expected to confirm what many other data trackers are saying; California has seen 45,000 deaths from COVID-19, surpassing New York.

“There was a whole lot that went right in California in the early months,” said California’s new Senator Alex Padilla on CNN Wednesday morning. “Governor Newsom was the first to order statewide stay at home orders, face coverings, etc. If only every governor across the country had been that aggressive early on, we could have mitigated a lot of the cases and certainly a lot of the deaths.”

Padilla said the Trump administration did not have a comprehensive plan to deal with the pandemic, and California is suffering the consequences of that now.

“But the numbers are starting to trend in the right direction,” he added.

California is on track to administer its 5,000,000th dose of the vaccine on Wednesday and new cases have dropped by nearly half over just the last two weeks, but hundreds are still dying of the virus each day.

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