California Coronavirus Deaths Hit 10K

CHUNCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 17: An employee holds up an Ichroma Covid-19 Ab testing kits used in diagnosing the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Boditech Med Inc. headquarters on April 17, 2020 in Chuncheon, South Korea.
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The California Department of Public Health has announced an additional 142 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the state's total over 10,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

According to state data released Friday, 10,011 people have died from COVID-19. Public health officials reported 8,436 new coronavirus cases in the same time frame, pushing the total number of confirmed cases to 538,416.

California COVID-19, By The Numbers:-- Confirmed cases to date: 538,416-- Note: Due to issues with the state’s electronic laboratory reporting system, these data represent an underreporting of actual positive cases in one single day.More info ➡️ https://t.co/TLLUGwPGY7 pic.twitter.com/eEBQsX35Yp

— CA Public Health (@CAPublicHealth) August 7, 2020

The grim milestone comes just over four months after the state hit 100 deaths in the pandemic, a marker that feels like a lifetime ago.

Since then, the virus has moved through nursing homes, prisons, chuches and workplaces with remarkable speed. The deadly nature of the pandemic has also hampered the state's economy, forcing Gov. Gavin Newsom to issue a statewide shelter-in-place, close specific businesses and force individual counties to pull back on reopening plans as the virus surged.