California becomes the first state with over 600,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 10:56 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 13:56:00-04

On Friday, California became the first state to exceed 600,000 COVID-19 cases and over 11,000 deaths.

Despite the new numbers, the state may finally be getting a handle on the latest surge of the coronavirus. According to the LA Times, "In Los Angeles County, the effective transmission rate of the coronavirus is now about 0.86 — meaning that everyone infected person passes the virus to an average of 0.86 other people. Last week, the rate was at 0.91. And statewide, an ensemble computer model known as the California COVID Assessment Tool estimates California’s overall transmission rate is about 0.96."

In addition, hospitalizations are also falling. That number has gone from an average of 7,000 in July to about 5,700.