A day after reaching a maximum of 197 coronavirus-related deaths, the California pandemic on Thursday accounted for 194 deaths. To date, COVID-19 has grown to 8,909 lives statewide.
Deaths have risen sharply from near June levels. On Thursday, the 14-day daily average of deaths attributed to coronavirus was 112. Two weeks ago, the daily average was about 83.
The rise began largely last week, with a record 157 deaths last Thursday, with 159 deaths recorded last Friday.
Over the weekend and earlier in the week, those numbers declined when state officials announced that new information protocols had created a delay in results. The recent downpours are undoubtedly at least in part due to this setback. But the fact that they have resumed a march to high highs is not good.
The state’s new daily number of coronavirus cases jumped to 10,197 on Thursday, to 8,755 on Wednesday. Much higher than the 1419-day average of 9,191 new cases daily, but below the historical figure of 12,807 new cases set last week.
California has 485,502 confirmed cases of COVID-19.