California Surpasses New York In Total COVID Cases

The Washington Post reports:

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in California reached 413,576 on Wednesday, causing it to pass New York as the state with the most confirmed infections, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. New York on Wednesday reported 705 new cases, to bring its total to 408,886 since the start of the pandemic.

California was among the earliest states to confirm cases of community spread, with Northern California and the Bay Area becoming the first areas to implement stay-at-home orders in mid-March.

At the time, the state’s aggressive shutdowns helped keep the number of cases in the Bay Area stable — 33 by the end of March — while New York City’s infection rate had exploded to 497 during that same time. Almost four months later, the two states have switched positions.