California has reached a grim coronavirus milestone: 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases.
“We have widespread circulation of the virus,” said Dr. Arthur Reingold of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. “We have people still getting sick and being hospitalized and dying, and there’s no reason to think that’s going to stop in the coming months.”
Diana Molina is one of the one million infected, she was hospitalized with COVID-19 in the summer.
“It started with a cough and I lost the taste and flavor,” said Molina. “I was in the house for six weeks because it went to my lungs and I had it bad.”
As cases quickly increase in the state with a population of 40 million, health officials are worried that gatherings during the holidays will spread infections further.
“We’ve also had more than 18,000 deaths in California, which is the real statistic to pay attention to. Each one of those was largely preventable,” said Epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford.
California is the second state, behind Texas, to reach one million cases of COVID-19. The United States as a whole has surpassed 10 million infections.