California reported at least 220 Covid-19 related deaths Thursday, the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data from the state’s Department of Public Health.
The previous high was 219, set at the end of July. This brings California’s total number of deaths attributed to the virus to 20,463.
The severe spike in cases is still climbing, as the state added nearly 30,000 new infections, bringing the total to 1,450,235. That is close to 10,000 more than the daily case average over the past two weeks, which is 20,824.
Hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions continue to reach record highs. There are at least 12,477 patients in California hospitals today, with 2,710 of those in intensive care units.
ICU capacity statewide has dropped to just under 10% availability.
By Thursday night, approximately 90% of California residents, some 36 million people, will live in areas under stay-at-home orders. About 75% of those live in three of the state’s five regions where ICU capacity has dipped below 15%, triggering a state order. The rest live in Bay Area counties that have proactively implemented health orders of their own.
Note: These numbers were released by the California Department of Public Health and may not line up exactly in real-time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.