California has edged past New York with the most deaths from the coronavirus among US states. California’s death toll reaches 45,496, surpassing New York’s toll of 45,312, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The development comes as other coronavirus numbers show improvement in California. The most recent seven-day test positivity rate has fallen to 4.8%, according to the state Department of Public Health.
The most recent daily number of confirmed positive cases is 8,390, down from 53,000 in December.
However, California is grappling with vaccine shortages to inoculate substantial numbers of its nearly 40 million residents.
Los Angeles is temporarily closing five mass vaccination sites, including Dodger Stadium, for lack of supply. Smaller mobile vaccination clinics will continue their work in LA, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti. The city expects more supplies next week.