California just reported a record number of new coronavirus cases — and it could roll back its reopening if the surge continues
Thousands enjoy a warm, sunny day on the beach amidst state regulations for home stay and social distance to ward off the coronavirus pandemic in Huntington Beach, California on April 25, 2020.
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California reported a record number of new confirmed coronavirus cases overnight, breaking its own daily count.
The increase was 69% over two days.
The state was the first in the United States to introduce an order to stay at home.
Governor Gavin Newsom said he was ready to withdraw the reopening measures if the rise continued.
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California reported a record number of new confirmed coronavirus cases overnight - 7, 149, according to Kron4.
This means that California broke its own record for a day-count that dates back to Monday when it reported over 6,000 new infections, according to the LA Times.
According to ABC7News, this means a 69% increase in cases within two days. Hospitalization in the intensive care unit has increased by 18% in the past 14 days.
Governor Gavin Newsom said in a press conference that California has completed over 1 million tests in the past two weeks with a current positive rate of 5.1%. Last week, the positive rate was 4.6%, according to ABC7News.
Bars, restaurants, schools, gyms, and film and television studios were allowed to reopen in California on June 12, although the reopening in the Bay Area was somewhat slower. However, according to the NPR, the state had not flattened the curve in the first week of June - in fact, cases rose 40% this week.
In his press conference, Newsom noted that the number of cases increased among younger people. In Arizona, Texas and Florida, infections in young adults increase infection rates - and in Florida the average age of those infected.
"There is a feeling that many young people are young and feel a bit more invincible," Newsom said in his press conference. "But respectful, often that can be a selfish way of thinking. '"
California was the first state in the United States to introduce an order to stay at home. These early blocking measures may have helped prevent 1.7 million cases of COVID-19, researchers have found.
On Monday, Newsom said at a press conference that he was ready to withdraw the reopening measures if the cases continued to increase.
"We are still in the first wave," Newsom said, according to Kron4. "We are not in the second wave. This is still the first wave."
And it's not just a record number of new cases that California sees. The state also reported a record number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in hospital beds, as Steven Dennis of Bloomberg reported.
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