695 deaths were reported in California on Saturday, the highest death toll in a single day in the state since the start of the pandemic.
The previous daily high was reported on December 31, with 585 total deaths, while 583 deaths were reported on January 6, the state's dashboard shows.
More than 52,000 new Covid-19 cases were reported in California on Saturday, according to the state's health department, as the number of patients currently in the ICU reaches an all-time high.
The state has reported more than 50,000 new cases five times since December 15 2020. The 52,636 new cases reported today bring the total number of cases in California to 2,621,277.
ICUs filled: There are 4,939 total patients in the ICU, which is the highest number of patients in the ICU since the start of the pandemic, the state's dashboard shows. There are 1,147 ICU beds available statewide.
In Los Angeles County, the number of people dying of Covid-19 in a day is now equivalent to the number of homicide deaths the city saw in an entire year, while doctors warn that intensive care units in the area are filled.
The number of patients currently hospitalized stands at 22,600, down slightly from Friday's report.