California Activates ‘Mass Fatality’ Program As State Sets New Virus Records

Confirmed coronavirus infections and virus-related deaths are soaring in California, the nation’s most populous state, setting new records as hospitals struggle to keep up with the onslaught of cases. It’s prompted the state activate its so-called ” mass fatality ” program, which coordinates mutual aid across several governmental agencies. On Thursday, California reported 52,281 new daily confirmed coronavirus cases and 379 new virus-related deaths, according to state data. This brings the state’s total number of cases to more than 1.7 million, with 21,860 total deaths since the pandemic began. According to the Los Angeles Times , which compiling its own coronavirus tally for the state, the number of Californians hospitalized due to the disease has broken records for 18 consecutive days. The number of people in intensive care units because of COVID-19 continues to set records as well, the newspaper noted, with 14 straight days of increases. On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom struck an

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