The California state health department on Tuesday reported a record number of new coronavirus cases. The new daily tally of 5,019 was a big jump from the previous record of 4,230, which was recorded on Monday. Hospitalizations, a confirmation that these are new infections vs. the result of increased testing, also rose to a record of 3,868 total.
California was one of seven states that, on Tuesday, reported the highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began. The others included Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.