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California closes in on 3 million coronavirus cases | COVID-19 updates for Northern California

California's death toll since the start of the pandemic rose to nearly 33,400.

STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. — California closes in on 3 million coronavirus cases

California is closing in on 3 million coronavirus cases as the state tries to smooth the rocky rollout of vaccines during a continuing spike in COVID-19 deaths. 

The state reported 432 deaths on Sunday, a day after recording the second-highest daily count of 669. California's death toll since the start of the pandemic rose to nearly 33,400.

Lawmakers and public health officials have said the surge won't be flattened without mass vaccinations, but California has trailed the rest of the country when it comes to inoculating its residents.

State releases latest COVID-19 statistics 

On Saturday, the state of California announced the state total of COVID-19 cases is now at 2,900,246. There were also 669 deaths reported Friday to Saturday, bringing the state's death total to 32,960.

Stanislaus State to offer COVID-19 vaccine

Stanislaus State is partnering with the county health department to assist in administering the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The university will be set up as a point of dispensing vaccination site (POD) beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. The POD will be located at Fitpatrick Arena in Turlock and operate every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency will vaccinate people based on federal, state and county guidance. The county is currently giving vaccines to people who fall under Phase 1A, which includes health care workers and people over age 65. 

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