As of early Thursday morning, the state had reported at least 2,002,494 diagnosed cases of the virus. This is the first state to exceed 2 million.
Just six weeks ago, the state reported one million cases.
In the state, the number of cases has skyrocketed in recent weeks, followed by a surge in hospitalization and mortality rates, overwhelming the intensive care unit, hospitals tenting patients in the emergency room and offices for others I started to treat in the auditorium.
Los Angeles County is leading the surge, accounting for one-third of COVID-19 infections and nearly 40% of deaths. The county reported the deaths of 145 new COVID-19s on Wednesday. This is the highest total of the day since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This emergency is our darkest day, and probably the darkest day in the history of our city,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in an evening briefing on the coronavirus.
Garsetti emphasized that as the virus continues to spread at its current rate, there are not enough medical staff to treat everyone. Hospitals may have to provide ration care immediately.
“That is, doctors will be forced to decide who will live and who will die,” he said.
Since the pandemic began, more than 23,000 people in the state have died from COVID-19.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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