California Sets New Coronavirus Case Single-Day High

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June 21, 2020 - 4:04 pm

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    California has set a record for most new cases of the coronavirus in one day with 4,515 reported Saturday.

    According to the California Department Public Health, the new numbers "may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed."

    It's the third time in four days California has broken its previous record, with the state registering over 20,000 new cases in the last five days. Officials cite both expanded testing and the state's continued reopening. Public health officials have conducted 3,319,256 tests to date, marking an increase of 84,844 tests since Friday.

    "I think it's the fact people believe that because social distancing that was enforced by the government has disappeared, that means that the virus is kind of controlled," Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Senior Scholar Dr. Amesh Adalja told KCBS Radio's Dan Mitchinson late Sunday. "What it means is that we actually have hospital capacity now and diagnostic testing. That doesn't mean that you can kind of act as if the virus isn't there."

    In all, the state has reported 5,495 total deaths due to complications from the virus, 71 of which came Saturday.

    Over 3,500 patients remain hospitalized and 1,163 patients are being treated in the ICU. 

    Much of the state's outbreak continues to center in Southern California, though some Bay Area counties have seen spikes in recent days.

    "No activity is going to be without risk," Dr. Adalja explained. "You really have to think about that. I think that's what we're doing wrong now is that people have kind of taken this virus to be gone because the stay-at-home orders were lifted. People forget that the stay-at-home orders were in order to preserve hospital capacity."

    California is now second only to New York in total cases.