California became the first state to report 50,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The death toll in the state now stands at 50,994.
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The grim milestone occurred after an additional 806 deaths were reported in Los Angeles County on Wednesday, due to a holiday delay, with the majority of deaths occurring between December 3, 2020, and February 3, 2021. . according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
“It is heartbreaking to report on this large number of additional deaths associated with COVID-19 and a devastating reminder of the terrible toll the winter surge has taken on so many families across the county. To all who have lost a loved one or friend of the virus, we are very sorry for your loss, “Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County public health director, said in a statement.
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The state’s new death toll came just days after the United States surpassed 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, more than any other country.
With 40 million residents, California is the most populous state in the US Other large states also have high death toll. New York, Texas and Florida, each with populations of about 20 million residents or more, have reported the highest number of COVID deaths after California.
Yet despite California’s high death toll, it is not on the list of states with the worst per capita death rates. New Jersey, where 1 in 389 people have died from COVID-19, tops the list, followed by New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
By comparison, 1 in 775 people in California has died from the virus.
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