The state’s drastic new milestone – 2,002,494 cases as of late Wednesday – is due to the fact that ICUs are statewide or at full capacity.
California hit 1 million cases on Nov. 12, and it took less than six weeks for the state to add another million cases. With a population of 39.5 million in the state, one in every 20 people in California has been tested positive for the virus.
In all, the United States recorded 228,131 new corona viruses and 3,359 new deaths on Wednesday, the third-highest number of deaths in a single day. This is a catastrophic “normalcy” for the United States, with an average of about 215,000 new cases and more than 2,700 new deaths every day in the past week.
“As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, this achievement will come at a critical time and will help protect those at the forefront – our healthcare providers treating COVID-19 patients – as well as our most vulnerable people and people living in adult nursing homes,” the CDC said. Director Dr. Robert Redfield said.
Vaccines may not come to California very soon. The state’s 7-day positive rate is now 12.6%, slightly lower than previous weeks. However, 55 of California’s 58 counties are in the highly restricted purple layer of the Govt-19 reopening system, resulting in the closure of many essential indoor business operations.
The government’s Gavin Newsom is responsible for people relaxing their physical distance efforts, especially those outside their homes during the holidays, as recent cases are on the rise.
A total of 23,558 Californians have died from complications caused by the disease since the outbreak began.
More than 1 million vaccines are being administered
Within a week of the first Govt-19 vaccine being approved, more than 1 million people received the first shot.
That reported figure is lower than the actual number, as many of the quantities managed in recent days have not yet been listed in CDC figures, the company said.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, General Gustav Berna, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Warp Speed, said, “This is a great week for vaccinations. With more than 7,800 deliveries by the end of tomorrow, we are delivering 7.9 million vaccines nationwide this week – a huge achievement.”
About 15.5 million doses of the vaccine have been allocated, and 4.5-5 million will be allocated next week, Berna said.
“We will complete those deliveries in the first week of January,” he said.
In addition, health workers have found that the freezer solution, which is diluted in saliva before the Pfizer vaccine is given to people, can be more effective than the five doses initially thought.
Therefore, the accessories sent with the vaccine are also adjusted with additional materials to accommodate the sixth level, Berna said.
“We have adjusted our contract and the construction of the kits … will provide more capacity as we progress,” Berna said Wednesday.
He noted that “extra capacity” had already been built in the kits, and now, the vast majority of administration of the vaccine occurs in hospitals “where they can access syringes and needles”.
“So be very comfortable with the availability of syringes and needles and our ability to combine these tools together and continue the distribution of kits simultaneously with the vaccine,” he said.
CNN’s Alexandra Meeks, Andrea Kane, Holly Yan and Steve Almazi contributed to the report.