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These Charts Break Down COVID-19 In California. 1K Cases And Climbing

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It’s not easy to keep perspective in a pandemic. To help provide context, we’ve rounded up data on the coronavirus in California.

The chart below shows confirmed cases of the virus in states with more than 4.5 million residents. You can see the early cases in Washington state, the sharp rise of cases in New York, and California’s more gradual — but still extremely, extremely concerning — growth in cases in recent days.

Don't be deceived by that gradual-seeming line: The number of California cases has risen dramatically in recent days, and is now over 1,000. That has prompted unprecedented action from Governor Gavin Newsom, who yesterday ordered all Californians to stay home.

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Keep in mind that these numbers, which come from the COVID Tracking Project, reflect confirmed cases, and that the shortage of tests means these numbers are certainly lower than the actual number of cases.

Federal officials have advised that the number of cases could grow dramatically in coming days.

The California Department of Public Health has also been publishing data breaking down the age groups of those infected. It shows that the majority of people infected in the state are adults between 18 and 64. Californians over 65 have been directed to home isolate by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The state’s department of health has also broken down how cases have been acquired. These numbers do not include the passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship that docked in Oakland, or positive tests from federal repatriation flights.

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