California, on Tuesday, surpassed New York as the US state with the most coronavirus deaths. More than 45,000 people have died as of Tuesday from COVID-19 in California. NY has reported 44,693 lives lost. When considered on a per capita deaths basis, California, with 113 deaths per 100,000 people, ranks 32nd in the nation. By comparison, NY, with 230 deaths per 100,000, ranks second only to NJ.