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Unwelcome milestone: California hits million COVID-19 cases

Virus Outbreak California 1 Million Cases
Posted at 7:43 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 10:43:47-05

LOS ANGELES — California has become the second state to record 1 million confirmed coronavirus infections. Texas reached the mark earlier this week.

Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed Thursday that California surpassed the grim milestone. It comes nearly 10 months after the first cases were confirmed in the most populous state.

California was the first in the nation to implement a statewide stay-at-home order on its nearly 40 million residents in March.

After spiking in the summer, the rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases in California declined markedly into the fall but now is surging again, like much of the nation.

Virus Outbreak California 1 Million Cases
FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, 64, weeps while hugging her husband, Antonio, in his final moments in a COVID-19 unit at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. In November 2020, California is reaching an unwelcome coronavirus record: its 1 millionth positive test. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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Antonio Gomez breathes with the help of an oxygen tank at home, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Simi Valley, Calif. Gomez is recovering at home after a three-week bout with COVID-19, which included a 12-day stay in the hospital. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Antonio Gomez poses for a photo at home, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Simi Valley, Calif. Gomez is recovering at home after a three-week bout with COVID-19, which included a 12-day stay in the hospital. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Antonio Gomez stands in his children's play room at home, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Simi Valley, Calif. Gomez is recovering at home after a three-week bout with COVID-19, which included a 12-day stay in the hospital. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Antonio Gomez breathes with the help of an oxygen tank at home, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Simi Valley, Calif. Gomez is recovering at home after a three-week bout with COVID-19, which included a 12-day stay in the hospital. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Antonio Gomez checks his cellphone at home, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Simi Valley, Calif. Gomez is recovering at home after a three-week bout with COVID-19, which included a 12-day stay in the hospital. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Virus Outbreak California 1 Million Cases
FILE - In this July 21, 2020, file photo, a nurse assists a COVID-19 patient at El Centro Regional Medical Center in El Centro, Calif. In November 2020, California is reaching an unwelcome coronavirus record: its 1 millionth positive test. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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A man wearing a face mask walks past a mural in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. California has become the second state to record 1 million confirmed coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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A woman wearing a face mask walks along the street in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. California has become the second state to record 1 million confirmed coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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A tourist in a face mask pauses for photos with Michael Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. California has become the second state to record 1 million confirmed coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Mitchell Bryant, left, and Darla Scott eat inside at the Buena Vista Cafe during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. California on Thursday became the second state — behind Texas — to eclipse a million known cases, while the U.S. has surpassed 10 million infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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A mannequin wears a face mask in front of outdoor seating at the Wipeout Bar and Grill at Pier 39 during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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People wear face masks while walking in front of the carousel at Pier 39 during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)