Coronavirus cases surge, but little sign California will reverse reopening course

Henrietta Strickland
June 29, 2020

"This evening is an exception and hopefully we'll never activate that".

"Several of us understandably designed a very little cabin fever. Some others have just frankly taken down their guard", the governor said Wednesday.

UC San Francisco epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford cautioned that the increase could also be due in part to public health officials better targeting testing in neighborhoods and settings, such as prisons and nursing homes, where the virus has been especially prevalent.

But now, the Golden State - like many others across the nation - is facing a worrying uptick in the number of cases, especially among young people.

In northern California, Shasta County Health and Human Services reported Tuesday that several people tested positive for the virus after attending a graduation party.

The specific reasons are hard to pinpoint, but experts say the likely culprit is quarantine fatigue and a relaxing of behaviors meant to curb the spread, among young people.

California is confirming more coronavirus cases than ever before.

"Steer clear of in-property gatherings with folks who do not live in the exact household", county officers wrote.

The governor also noted that there has been an increase in the number of young people who test positive for the virus.

"There is a sense that a great deal of young people today, perfectly you might be younger so you feel a small little bit a lot more invincible but, respectfully, frequently that can be a egocentric way of thinking", Newsom reported.

"We'll get through this, there will be a vaccine", stated the governor.

"These numbers do beg the question and that is what can we do more to keep you safe from the spread of this virus", Newsom said. On Wednesday, the governor threatened to withhold funds from counties that do not enforce established health orders to curb the spread of the virus.

The state health department said late last week that there was insufficient data to "assess the impact of the recent protests".

"We are still in the first wave", Newsom said, according to Kron4.

"When we begin to go back to our old ways and our old habits, a effect is we are spreading this virus", Newsom said at a press conference Wednesday. About 42% of inmates at the facility are medically vulnerable, Newsom said. Javier's in Newport Beach voluntarily closed for "deep cleaning" last week, according to an answering machine message, and remains closed without further explanation.

The governor said the state has recently submitted a plan to the courts to have a number of prisoners approaching their release date to be released from prison earlier, to help leave the facility population free.

That process will get started July 1 and will be expedited for facilities like San Quentin, Newsom reported. "Simply put", said Governor Gavin Newsom, "we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered - putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease".

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