This is what public health success looks like (from the May 25, 2021 state dashboard page):
Now, 618 new cases and 8 new deaths in a single day is still a tragedy. Hospitalization numbers remain high, and vaccination numbers are still a long way from where we'd like them to be.
But as recently as early March, California was still reporting more than 2 thousand new cases a day, as well as more than 100 new deaths a day, so the progress here is dramatic.
I hope the state is able to continue to drive millions more vaccine doses through under-served communities, and the overall progress continues at this rate.