California reported 159 additional deaths from coronavirus on Friday, according to data from the state's Department of Public Health, the highest number recorded in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
The new record comes just one day after the previous record of 157 deaths was reported on Thursday, and raises the statewide death toll to 8,186.
More than half of all Covid-19 deaths in California have occurred in Los Angeles County, where 4,262 fatalities have been reported.
The state also reported 9,718 new coronavirus cases on Friday, raising the total number of cases in the state to 435,334.
The positivity rate over a two-week period is now 7.5%.