LOS ANGELES -- California reported its largest number of new coronavirus infections in a single day Tuesday, hospitalizations hit a new high and deaths approached record levels as the state continued to lose ground in its battle against COVID-19.
The 11,142 cases recorded Tuesday were easily the most confirmed in any one day since the pandemic began, surpassing the previous record of 9,816 on July 9, according to data from The Times' coronavirus tracker.
The state has now reported at least 9,000 new coronavirus cases in a day five times -- all since July 7.
Statewide, more than 6,700 patients who've tested positive for COVID-19 are hospitalized, according to the latest official data. That, too, is a new high.
Officials also announced 144 additional COVID-19 fatalities Tuesday, the state's second-highest single-day death toll.
Los Angeles County continues to bear a disproportionate share of the outbreak. Public health officials there confirmed 4,244 new cases and 2,103 hospitalizations Tuesday -- both single-day records.
While the mortality rate is stable, the increase in hospitalizations will probably result in increased deaths, the county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Monday.
More than 346,000 total coronavirus cases have been confirmed statewide, and over 7,200 Californians have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic reached the Golden State.
Communities of color have been particularly hard hit.
A recent Times analysis of statewide data found that for every 100,000 Latino residents, 767 have tested positive. For every 100,000 Black residents, 396 have tested positive. By comparison, for every 100,000 white residents, 261 have confirmed infections.