One day after reaching the highest peak of 197 coronavirus-related deaths, the California pandemic numbered another 194 new deaths on Thursday. So far, COVID-19 has claimed 8,909 lives nationwide.
Mortality has risen dramatically from near-flat levels in June. As of Thursday, the 14-day average daily mortality attributed to coronavirus was 112. Two weeks ago, that average daily was around 83.
The spike started seriously last week, then in the record 157 deaths on Thursday exceeded 159 deaths registered last Friday.
Over the weekend and earlier in the week, those numbers fell after government officials announced that the new reporting protocols had created a backlog. The recent jumps in vegetation are undoubtedly due, at least in part, to this lag. But the fact that they have resumed their march to new heights does not bode well.
The daily number of coronavirus cases in the country jumped to 1
There are already 485,502 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California.