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California tops New York with most coronavirus cases in the United States

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in California is now 409,305, which is more than New York or any other state.

According to the data gathered by The Center for Systems Science in Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, California has more recorded cases than every country in the world, except Brazil, India, Russia, and the United States.

Florida and Texas are also poised to pass New York soon.

This animation shows the 10 states with the greatest number of positive tests from March 10 through July 20. Drag the small triangular slider at the bottom to jump to a specific date.


California is by far the most populous U.S. state, with nearly 40 million people, while New York has about 19.5 million.

New York’s 32,520 deaths are by far the highest total in the country and four times more than California’s tally, and its rate of confirmed infections of about 2,100 per 100,000 people is twice California’s rate.

U.S. government data published Tuesday found that reported and confirmed coronavirus cases vastly underestimate the true number of infections, echoing results from a smaller study last month.

The U.S. also has had consistent testing failures that experts say contribute to an undercount of the actual virus rate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study said true COVID-19 rates were more than 10 times higher than reported cases in most U.S. regions from late March to early May. It is based on COVID-19 antibody tests performed on routine blood samples in 16,000 people in 10 U.S. regions.

California initially succeeded in slowing the spread of the virus, but the state has had a sharp reversal, with COVID-19 infection rates climbing sharply in recent weeks.

Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous with 10 million residents, reported that younger people were driving the spread of new infections.

More than half of the county’s new cases came from people under age 41 and the county’s COVID-19 deaths was at 4,154 with positive cases topping 161,670, the county’s Department of Public Health said.

“The tragedy of what we are witnessing is that many of our younger residents are interacting with each other and not adhering to the recommended prevention measures, while our older residents continue to experience the results of this increased spread with the worst health outcomes, including death,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

Information about how the numbers were aggregated can be found on the JHU site, where the data is mapped with technical help from Esri, a Redlands company that makes software that powers coronavirus maps for more than 3,000 organizations.

If you are confused about the different test options, read our guide to coronavirus testing.

Source: Orange County Register

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