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Epicenter California: State sets nationwide record with 50K COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

California is now the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the US setting a nationwide record with more than 50,000 new infections Thursday and over 100,000 new cases in the past 48 hours.

Over the past week alone the Golden State recorded more than 250,000 new infections, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

If California were a country it would surpass India, Germany and Britain in new COVID-19 cases, according to the Washington Post.

On Thursday the state also set a new daily deaths record with 379 new fatalities, surpassing the previous high of 293 the day prior, for a total of 21,860 virus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. 

As of Thursday more than 1.7million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the state since the start of the pandemic and the state has a seven-day positivity rate of 12.8 percent.

Hospitals have become overwhelmed with patients and the intensive care units in Southern California, which covers Los Angeles and San Diego, hit zero percent capacity on Thursday. 

The catastrophic numbers in California continue to worsen even as the state has brought back tough restrictions, sparking criticism over Gov. Gavin Newsom’s handling of the pandemic. 

California Republicans, backed by Democrats, have led a recall effort to oust him.

California is now the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the US setting a nationwide record with over 50,000 new infections reported Thursday and over 100,000 new cases over the past 48 hours. On Thursday Southern California’s ICU capacity fell to zero percent. A view of doctors helping a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California Monday

On Thursday California set a nationwide record for new coronavirus cases with 52,281 infections and a daily record with 379 new deaths

On Thursday California set a nationwide record for new coronavirus cases with 52,281 infections and a daily record with 379 new deaths 

The staggering numbers have led to outrage over Gov. Gavin Newsom's handling of the pandemic. California Republicans, backed by some Democrats, have led a recall effort to oust him

The staggering numbers have led to outrage over Gov. Gavin Newsom’s handling of the pandemic. California Republicans, backed by some Democrats, have led a recall effort to oust him

Throughout the pandemic Republicans have rallied to recall Newsom, a procedure where voters can remove an elected official from office through a direct vote before their term has ended. 

While Newsom initially was praised for his leadership amid the pandemic, he took a hit after he was seen dining at Michelin star restaurant French Laundry last month even as he told Californians to stay home. 

‘We’ve gotten calls from Democrats who are already kicking the tires,’ a Sacramento insider said to Politico. 

The Recall Gavin Newsom group’s senior adviser Randy Economy said to America’s Newsroom on Tuesday: ‘This governor is his own worst enemy, and every day he does something more that puts him deeper and deeper into controversy, and he’s become a problem here in California.’

‘He shut down the fifth-largest economy in the world the last nine months, and every single person out there in California should be outraged by that,’ he added.

The group has collected 820,000 signatures of the 1.5 million needed by the March deadline in order to get the recall effort on the ballot.  

These seven-day average metrics for California show how the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations has soared. If California were a country it would surpass India, Germany and Britain in new COVID-19 cases

These seven-day average metrics for California show how the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations has soared. If California were a country it would surpass India, Germany and Britain in new COVID-19 cases

Hospitalizations have skyrocketed in California with more than 16,000 people being treated in hospitals with the virus. Statewide, ICU bed availability is 3 percent, a plunge from 5.7 percent two days ago

Hospitalizations have skyrocketed in California with more than 16,000 people being treated in hospitals with the virus. Statewide, ICU bed availability is 3 percent, a plunge from 5.7 percent two days ago

'I want to be very clear: Our hospitals are under siege, and our model shows no end in sight. The worst is still before us,' Christina Ghaly, the director of Los Angeles County¿s Department of Health Services, said Wednesday

‘I want to be very clear: Our hospitals are under siege, and our model shows no end in sight. The worst is still before us,’ Christina Ghaly, the director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services, said Wednesday

Hospitalizations have more than doubled since Thanksgiving in six California counties, including its most populous Los Angeles County.

According to the state’s latest figures, more than 16,000 patients are currently hospitalized with the contagious virus, nearly triple the number patients reported one month ago.

Southern California has reported 0 percent ICU capacity, San Joaquin Valley 0.7 percent, Greater Sacramento Region 11.3 percent, the Bay Area 13.1 percent and Northern California 25.8 percent, according to NBC Los Angeles. 

The state has 11 alternative care sites that can be activated to help inundated hospitals, and five of them currently have patients, ABC News reports.

Throughout the pandemic Republicans have rallied to recall Newsom, a procedure where voters can remove an elected official from office through a direct vote before their term has ended. A recall Newsom protest against the stay-at-home order in November above in Huntington Beach, California

Throughout the pandemic Republicans have rallied to recall Newsom, a procedure where voters can remove an elected official from office through a direct vote before their term has ended. A recall Newsom protest against the stay-at-home order in November above in Huntington Beach, California

A group called Recall Gavin Newsom has collected 820,000 signatures of the 1.5 million needed by the March deadline in order to get the recall effort on the ballot. A group of protesters carrying signs demanding to recall Newsom above on November 21 in Huntington Beach, California

A group called Recall Gavin Newsom has collected 820,000 signatures of the 1.5 million needed by the March deadline in order to get the recall effort on the ballot. A group of protesters carrying signs demanding to recall Newsom above on November 21 in Huntington Beach, California

Statewide, ICU bed availability is 3 percent, a plunge from 5.7 percent two days ago.  

In San Joaquin Valley hospitals ran out of space over the capacity and had to resort to ‘surge capacity’ at alternative care sites.

‘I want to be very clear: Our hospitals are under siege, and our model shows no end in sight,’ Christina Ghaly, the director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services, said in a press conference Wednesday.

‘The worst is still before us,’ she said. 

Clinicians transfer a COVID-19 patient to a RotoProne therapy bed in the ICU at Sharp Grossmont Hospital on December 14, 2020 in La Mesa, California

Clinicians transfer a COVID-19 patient to a RotoProne therapy bed in the ICU at Sharp Grossmont Hospital on December 14, 2020 in La Mesa, California

Kevin Stone administers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Thanh Nguyen, a staff member at the Redwoods, a skilled nursing facility in Mill Valley, California on Thursday

Kevin Stone administers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Thanh Nguyen, a staff member at the Redwoods, a skilled nursing facility in Mill Valley, California on Thursday

Hope Alfonso, 34, is given the coronavirus vaccine at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center in Glendale, California on Thursday

Hope Alfonso, 34, is given the coronavirus vaccine at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center in Glendale, California on Thursday

ER case manager Myaha Tovar, 24, is given the vaccine at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, in South Los Angeles, California on Thursday

ER case manager Myaha Tovar, 24, is given the vaccine at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, in South Los Angeles, California on Thursday

In the face of the crisis Newsom laid out the state’s ‘mass fatality’ plan on Tuesday including 60 refrigerated storage units that are each 53 feet long to store bodies that cant fit in morgues and 5,000 extra body bags.

‘There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. But we’re still in the tunnel. And that means we’re going through perhaps the most intense and urgent moment since the beginning of this pandemic,’ Newsom said.

‘We are not at the finish line yet, so please, please, please be mindful,’ he added.

The first doses of the Pfizer vaccine have already been distributed in California for healthcare workers.

However, medical experts warn that the vaccine isn’t the perfect solution to ending the crisis.

Barbara Ferrer, the director of the county’s Department of Public Health, said coronavirus is impacting Los Angeles’ Latino and black populations more than its white residents and the poor continue to be at a higher risk of infection and death. 



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