Ana B. Ibarra, CALmatters / Tuesday, March 24 @ 3:34 p.m.

Coronavirus in California by the Numbers


California’s public health department announced the first two cases of coronavirus in the state on Jan. 26. By Tuesday the state reported 2,102 people have tested positive and 40 have died. But testing has lagged, and only those with serious symptoms are being tested; the actual number of infected people is much larger.

Officials warn that as the number of people who are seriously ill increases, hospitals will be overwhelmed. Gov. Gavin Newsom said California needs an extra 50,000 hospital beds and millions more in protective gear units – from N95 respirators to medical gloves.

Here is a breakdown of cases by age, the state’s growing testing capacity, and a look at what personal protective equipment still is needed.

This dashboard will be updated regularly.

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