COVID-19 cases in California surpass 200000

COVID-19 cases in California surpass 200000

COVID-19 cases in California surpass 200000

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued another warning to Californians about the growing spread of the coronavirus as the state again reported increases in hospitalizations. Ask them to step away from each other. On Wednesday, the governor threatened to withhold funds from counties that do not enforce established health orders to curb the spread of the virus.

California had won praise for its quick response to the outbreak.

"We can not continue to do what we have done over the past few weeks", Newsom said.

The governor points out family gatherings.


Newsom blamed birthday parties, children's play dates and other private gatherings for much of the increase.

"Many of us understandably developed a little cabin fever".

"It made it hard for us to continue to message that tourism was not welcome when tourism is clearly an important part" of the governor's plan to reopen the economy, Newel said. "Others have just frankly taken down their guard", the governor said.

"As we begin to reopen the economy and reopen our households, the effect is we spread this virus".

In Los Angeles County, the number has been slowly climbing for the past week, and as of Wednesday, the number stood at 1,556, up from 1,515 on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, the county reported that almost 20 people were in quarantine after a man in his 20s who tested positive for the virus attended a large family gathering. Several of the people quarantined had symptoms, officials said.

LA has over 88,500 residents diagnosed with COVID-19, followed by 87,700 cases in Cook County, Illinois, and 64,000 cases in Queens in New York City.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that a rise in coronavirus cases is worrying, and warned counties to heed statewide precautions and enforce them. "We are putting people's lives at risk".

Los Angeles County was also anxious over the hikes in hospitalizations and spread rate.

"We can not continue to do what we have done over the past few weeks", Newsom said at his livestreamed press conference Wednesday.

Some officials across the country have pointed to parties, bars and other gatherings as where that spread is happening.

It is unclear if the protests had an impact.


Los Angeles Couty Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said because of the high volume of cases that have been coming in, officials have not been able to "pinpoint whether or not the exact source of an exposure was a protest". Earlier this week, Ventura County's public health office warned the county was losing its battle with the virus.

The state's health department said late last week there was not enough data to "assess the impact of recent protests".

To date, Public Health has identified 89,490 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,205 deaths.

"We monitor our data continuously to inform our guidance and reopening actions".

The Democratic governor dropped his near-daily virus briefings in May as the coronavirus stabilized and his attention turned to other issues like the state budget and protests against police brutality that gripped the state.

Following a reporter's question during his news conference, Newsom also mentioned a number of prisons as a concern for the state.

One of them, the San Quintín State Prison, has more than 450 inmates who tested positive. "It is our behaviors that are leading to the increase", Newsom said. He added that the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 increased by 29% over the last two weeks, and the number of ICU patients went up 18%.

Newsom said the state is working toward its goal to train 10,000 contact tracers by July 1, but suggested that goal would not be met.

Twenty inmates have died across the state's prison system, and more than 1,800 are now positive, according to data from the California Department of Corrections.

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