California became the first US state to conduct 13-meter coronavirus tests, although the fires there have resulted in a drop in testing in recent days and weeks.
The state also had its largest daily jump in coronavirus deaths. in two weeks, with the authorities this afternoon reporting a further 164 deaths. It was up from 66 yesterday, and almost doubled the 83 deaths a week ago.
It was the largest increase in a day since September 3, corresponding to 164 reported that day. It pushed the rolling seven-day average of deaths in California to 107 a day, the first time over 100 in eight days and the highest level since September 7.
California reported 72,352 new Covid-1
Over the past 14 days, California has had an average of 102,000 tests a day, down from a peak rate of nearly 129,000 in mid-August. A trend that Governor Gavin Newsom said reflects the impact of the state's recent fires.
"However, we have been stressed over the last three weeks by these fires that have affected many of our mobile test sites. Air quality issues have affected the availability of these sites," Newsom said at a news conference this afternoon, adding that the state was committed to increase their testing efforts further.
During the last batch of tests, another 2,950 Golden State people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, up from 2,235 on Tuesday and compared to 1,616 last Wednesday.