California becomes first state to top 3 million coronavirus cases

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Posted at 9:31 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 12:31:43-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections, according to a tally Monday by Johns Hopkins University.

The grim milestone wasn't entirely unexpected in a state with 40 million residents but its speed was stunning.

The state only reached 2 million reported cases on Dec. 24.

Its count far outpaces other large states, such as Texas; California also has seen more than 33,600 deaths due to COVID-19.

A caseload surge that began last fall has strained hospitals. Officials warn that a recent slight downward trend could reverse when the full impact of holiday gathering transmissions is felt.