California becomes first state to surpass 2 million coronavirus cases
California surpassed 2 million COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning, per Johns Hopkins University.
Why it matters: It's the first U.S. state to exceed 2 million coronavirus infections. While it took California over nine months for 1 million people to test positive for the virus, state health officials have confirmed 1 million cases in six weeks, the Mercury News notes.
The big picture: Intensive care units in California are overstretched, particularly in the south and San Joaquin Valley, which have 0% capacity.
- Over 23,500 people have lost their lives to the coronavirus in California and the testing positivity rate stands at 6.45%, according to JHU.
For the record: The cases milestone comes as the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are being rolled out across the U.S., with more than 1 million Americans receiving a shot so far.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.