By Robert Jablon
The Associated Press 

California becomes first state to top 3 million virus cases


Last updated 1/20/2021 at 5:27pm

vaccine bottles and needle

The Times-Tribune via AP, file photo/Christopher Dolan photo

In this Jan. 9, file photo, vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are placed next to a loaded syringe in Throop, Pennsylvania.

California Monday, Jan. 18, became the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections.

The grim milestone, as tallied by Johns Hopkins University, wasn't entirely unexpected in a state with 40 million residents but its speed was stunning. The state only reached 2 million reported cases Dec. 24.

The first coronavirus case in California was confirmed Jan. 25, 2020. It took 292 days to get to 1 million infections Nov. 11, and 44 days to top 2 million.

California's caseload is also far ahead of other large states. Texas had more than 2 million and Florida topped 1.5 mill...

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