California reported 300 new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, according to data from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), marking the second straight day the state has reported at least 300 lives lost.
The latest death toll comes after California reported 379 deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday, its highest figure in a single day, and as a growing number of hospitals report zero intensive care unit capacity available.
More than 41,000 new cases were added on Friday as the state continues to see an unprecedented surge in new infections following Thanksgiving, though state health officials noted some of the cases occurred “prior to yesterday.”
“As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase,” CDPH said in a news release.
Hospitalizations have also increased in the state, with 16,019 people being treated and 3,447 Covid-19 patients in ICUs. The skyrocketing number of new cases has caused ICU bed capacity in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley to fall to 0.0%.
To date, California has reported a total of 1,764,374 cases and 21,160 deaths. As of Friday, the seven-day positivity rate is 12.8% and the 14-day positivity rate is 11.8%, the highest figures reported in the state since the spring.
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.