California has surpassed New York as the deadliest state due to covid-19 after a month long increase in cases. It’s health department reported 669 coronavirus deaths on Saturday bringing the states total fatalities to 32, 960. Los Angeles’s spiraling covid-19 infections rates pushed California over the top claiming half of the states totals. LA has one million people who are covid-19 positive. Those numbers make them the first U.S. city to attain the landmark. Scientist are rationalizing how the grim milestone was reached.
Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo is a epidemiologist at the University of California San Francisco and stated “L.A. is a pretty large, complex county with factors like overcrowding, poverty and a large essential workforce. Those things came together at a time in the pandemic where we also see a lot of fatigue and the lessening of adherence to the basic things one has to do to stay safe, like wearing a mask.”
Public Health officials have credited the ease of restrictions in November as the reason for the rise which included celebrations that ensued when the Dodgers won the World Series @ NBC.
As of Sunday morning California had confirmed 2.97 million covid-19 cases and 33,393 deaths. Los Angeles slightly upticked with 13,996 new cases and 252 additional deaths.
BY: BEWITTY Staff