California now has more than 409,000 confirmed cases of the virus, overtaking New York, the nation’s longtime leader and No. 4 most populous state, which now has just more than 408,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In third place is Florida, the nation’s No. 3 most populous state, with just under 370,000 confirmed cases.
New York, however, still leads the nation in coronavirus-related deaths, with more than 32,500, while neighboring New Jersey still ranks No. 2, with more than 15,700 deaths despite being No. 11 in population.
California, with a population of about 39.5 million people, ranks No. 4 in deaths with just under 7,900, according to Johns Hopkins.
Coronavirus cases in California appear to defy a widely held assumption about the outbreak: While many people view the pandemic as affecting mostly elderly people, nearly 70 percent of the cases in California affect people under age 49, SFGate reported.