California sees two-day record of coronavirus deaths

APPLE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Clinicians re-position a COVID-19 patient into the supine position at Providence St. Mary Medical Center amid a surge in COVID-19 patients at the hospital and across Southern California on January 6, 2021 in App

California health authorities have reported a record two-day total of 1,042 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strain under unprecedented caseloads

The state Department of Public Health’s website on Thursday lists 583 new deaths, a day after 459 deaths.

The previous two-day record total was 1,013 deaths at the end of December.

California’s death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 28,045.