California erases record with more than 8,000 coronavirus cases

Three months after Governor Gavin Newsom issued an unprecedented state stay-at-home order designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, California recorded its highest COVID-19 case count in a single day.

Monday’s count of more than 8,000 infections broke the state’s daily record for the third time in eight days.

On Tuesday, the state faced a grim new milestone: passing the threshold of 6,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

The huge increase in cases, now totaling more than 223,900 statewide, has prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to order anyone to travel to the state from California, and to 15 other states that have seen recent spikes , to be quarantined for 14 days.

California’s rise is not simply the result of increased testing capacity, officials said.

The increasing rate of positive infections and an increase in hospitalizations are proof that the virus is spreading within communities. Health officials have attributed the increasing numbers to a combination of events: the reopening of many businesses, mass protests over the death of George Floyd, and private meeting groups.

“We have been very clear, this should not surprise anyone who is looking at it, since you will reopen the economy, as we move away and make the significant modifications we made to our request to stay home, you are going to see mixed people who do not it was mixed in the past, ”Newsom said during a press conference on Monday.

Newsom says the state will make an announcement on Wednesday about efforts to “change” the current health order. The announcement will include instructions related to the July 4 weekend; Newsom says the Christmas gatherings are a big concern.

“If you’re not going to stay home and you’re not going to wear masks in public, we have to enforce [rules]”He said Tuesday.

In the months since the pandemic hit the U.S., nothing in the fight against the virus has changed, except for people’s social behaviors, experts say. The state is now closely monitoring 19 counties for surge cases, which have recently leaned toward younger residents, and hospitalizations, which still greatly affect older residents and those with underlying health conditions.

Some counties, including several in the Bay Area, have begun to back down in their reopening efforts.

Los Angeles County was one of seven counties ordered by the state on Sunday to close its bars. On Monday, local officials announced that the beaches would be closed for the weekend of July 4, just over a month after it reopened before Memorial Day weekend. The county has also banned fireworks during the holidays.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a tweet that the Sheriff’s Department would enforce parking violations on the beach over the three-day weekend and that the beaches would be patrolled.

Los Angeles County health officials now estimate that 1 in 140 people are unknowingly infected with the coronavirus, a massive increase from last week’s projection of 1 in 400. With that in mind, the director of services for Health, Dr. Christina Ghaly, said authorities were preparing for a surge. in hospitalizations and an “increase in mortality” in the coming weeks.

Officials had warned of the possibility of a spike in cases with a resurgence of activity, but were not prepared for the speed at which the jump would occur.

“What we weren’t expecting was seeing such a rapid increase so fast,” said public health director Barbara Ferrer on Monday, after the largest number of single-day cases in Los Angeles County, causing the county to outperform the 100,000 infections.

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