The alarming number of new cases surpasses a record set just three days ago when California record 35,729 new cases.
The state now has 1,671,081 cases in total.
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Another 293 people died of the virus Tuesday, bringing California's death toll to 21,481, which marks the highest number of deaths in a single day.
Another 14,939 Californians remain hospitalized with the virus and 3,188 patients are in the ICU, marking the highest number of hospitalizations and intensive care patients to date.
The San Joaquin Valley region's ICU capacity was 1.6% as of Wednesday. See the latest ICU numbers here.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that California is expecting another 393,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine next week.
Heroes.— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) December 15, 2020
Yesterday, these 5 healthcare workers were among the first in CA to receive a #COVID19 vaccine. Next week, we are expecting 393,000 more doses.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but we can't let our guard down now: Stay home. Wear a mask. pic.twitter.com/05OXdIk9BJ
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