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 "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 deaths since the pandemic began.