For the second day in a row, Los Angeles County reported no new COVID-19 deaths on Sunday.
It's a massive milestone for California's most populous area, just a few short months after it was in utter crisis with more than 300 people dying a day in January.
For well over a year - 411 days - the county saw at least one Covid death a day. At the height of the pandemic there in January, the Los Angeles was so overwhelmed by the bodies of COVID-19 victims that its morgues were overflowing and its parking lots became home to eerie mobile morgues.
Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom instituted some of the nation's strictest and most prolonged lockdowns, but it seemed to do little to California's massive Covid crisis, which has sickened more than 3.6 million people there and killed at least 60,763.
But vaccinations rose steeply in L.A. county, which has fully vaccinated nearly 36 percent of its population - ahead of the national average - and has gotten at least one dose into the arms of 54 percent of residents.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
From a peak of nearly 300 deaths per day in early January, LA County in California reported no COVID deaths on Saturday May 1, or Sunday May 2
Once one of the hardest hit states in the nation, California now has the lowest daily infection rate in the U.S., with 2.7 cases per 100,000 people and 15 new deaths recorded on Sunday
Dr Anthony Fauci noted last week that Covid cases and deaths start to fall off precipitously once a country has 40 to 50 percent of its population fully vaccinated.
The same tipping point likely applies to LA, and is beginning to drive down the county's coronavirus cases and deaths.
Yesterday, Los Angeles County recorded just 210 new Covid cases, down from a seven-day rolling average of 480 infections a day a month prior.
But health officials warned that the landmark of zero daily deaths may be due to an undercount because of delays in reporting COVID figures on weekends, the The LA Times reports.
Health officials on Sunday reported that there had been 313 new cases and 410 hospitalizations Saturday in the county, which comprises a large swathe of Los Angeles city's metropolitan area and has a population of more than 10 million people.
California now has the lowest COVID rate of any state in the country after suffering alternating waves of death and lockdown over the past 12 months.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Disneyland reopened for the first time since the pandemic began last year, at 25% its operating capacity. Pictured: a family takes a photo while at the theme park, where they are required to keep their masks on except while eating or drinking
The state's seven-day rolling average of new cases per capita now stands at 32.5 - far than the next lowest infection rate, which is in Oklahoma with about 40.3 new cases per 100,000 people a day according to data from the CDC.