356,000 Californians infected, shutdowns ravage local businesses

It was another troubling week in California, as growing infections and hospitalizations prompted state and local officials to announce new widespread closures of businesses and schools across the state to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic, which is disproportionately ravaging communities of color, has killed at least 7,345 Californians. This week alone, more than 35,000 Californians were reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to state data released Thursday morning, bringing the total number of infections in the state to about 356,000.

Nearly 6,800 Californians with the virus are currently in a hospital bed, according to the state. About 28 percent of hospitalized patients are in intensive care. There were nine fewer COVID-19 patients in hospital beds on Wednesday compared to the previous day.

“This continues to be a deadly disease,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said during his noon press conference Monday. “This continues to be a disease

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