California State on Thursday hit record-high numbers of new coronavirus cases and COVID-related deaths for the month of November.
Health officials recorded 11,478 new COVID-19 cases and 106 deaths. Data released by state officials showed that California has reported a total of 1,059,267 confirmed coronavirus cases and 18,466 deaths.
California has seen a dramatic upward trend in single-day new cases and deaths over the summer. However, experts say the outbreak this fall could be more severe and fatal than the first as the rate of increase in cases has been the highest since the pandemic began in March.
“This is simply the fastest increase California has seen since the beginning of this pandemic,” State Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a press briefing on Monday.
During the first week of November, the number of new cases increased by 51.3%. In comparison, California saw a 39.2% increase of new coronavirus cases between June 15 to 21. The state’s positivity rate across two weeks also jumped to 5%, up by half from October, SFGate reported.