Californias coronavirus case count topped 600,000 on Thursday, the first state to reach the grim milestone, according to information gathered by The New York Times. The Golden State also has the third highest death toll in the U.S. with 10,800 COVID-19 deaths, behind New York and New Jersey, which were hit hard by the illness early in on in the pandemic. California is amongst the states that experienced rises in cases in July, along with Texas, Florida and Arizona. As the most populous state in the U.S., Californias case and death count per capita ranks lower compared to other states, at 20th for the number of cases and 28th in casualties, according to the Times data. California recorded a few of the earliest cases at the start of the pandemic, and Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia coronavirus case count tops 600,000 California slams outdated and incorrect beliefs of parents suing to resume schools Bass on filling Harriss Senate area: Ill keep all my choices open MORE (D) was the very first governor to enact a stay-at-home order, slowing down the spread. When the state resumed, nevertheless, cases climbed and continued to exceed for the highest single-day increases, prompting Newsom to later on release a mask mandate and shut down bars and indoor dining once again. Now, California has a seven-day average of 8,903 brand-new cases per day, less than in mid-July. Newsom expressed optimism this week, pointing to a statistic that California coronavirus hospitalizations fell by 19 percent in 2 weeks. The news comes after the state experienced troubles with its coronavirus reporting system at the end of July which overlooked about 300,000 files from the states database, but officials make sure that the problem has actually been fixed. The officials say there are greater numbers being counted today due to the delay in reporting some cases. The states leading public health expert quit suddenly last weekend after the data problems.