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California COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations soar as shutdown nears

LOS ANGELES — More Californians than ever are now being infected by and hospitalized with the coronavirus as the pandemic continues its relentless march across the state.

Over the last week, the state has averaged 17,007 new cases per day, according to data compiled by the Los Angeles Times. That's a 61.6% increase from two weeks ago, and dwarfs even the darkest days of the summertime surge, when the rolling average never topped 10,000.

To put that number into perspective, 119,050 Californians have tested positive for the coronavirus in just the past seven days — almost the equivalent of everyone living in the city of

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